Helen Layfield Bradley.
English ( b.1900 - d.1979 ).
Sunshine & Shadows Across the Leven Estuary, Lake District, 1965.
Oil on Board. Signed.
Image size 15.9 inches x 16.9 inches ( 40.5cm x 43cm ).
Frame size 20.1 inches x 21.3 inches ( 51cm x 54cm ).
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Helen Layfield Bradley, dating from 1965.
The painted surface has benefitted from cleaning and conservation, which took place in 2009 on our instructions. The painting is presented and supplied in a new sympathetic contemporary frame (which is shown in these photographs).
This vintage painting is in very good condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed with Helen's fly motif lower left.
Helen Layfield Bradley was a friend and associate of L.S. Lowry. She did not begin to produce paintings until she was 65, when she did so as a way of showing her granddaughter what life was like when she was a child. During the following decade she attained international celebrity and recognition as an artist. In 1979 she was awarded the MBE for services to art but died shortly before she was due to receive the honour from the Queen. Mrs Bradley had three exhibitions at the Mercury Gallery in London and one in Los Angeles and was much loved both sides of the Atlantic.
Her paintings typically depict scenes from Edwardian Lancashire with groups of figures, including her family and friends. A familiar figure in many of her paintings was a neighbour, Miss Carter, who wore pink. She gave her name to the first and most famous of four books of her works “And Miss Carter Wore Pink”. Her works are typically signed with a small black fly, as this one is.
Mrs Bradley’s landscape scenes are very rare and show a dreamlike quality and stunning use of colour and light.
This picture is of the estuary of the River Leven in the Lake District, Cumbria, as seen from Lancashire. It shows a house where she had stayed, near to her home on the edge of the Lake District and was originally painted as a gift to her hosts.
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Helen Layfield Bradley 1900 - 1979. English. Sunshine & Shadows Across the Leven Estuary, 1965. Oil on Board. Framed.
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