£2,800 / €3,122 / US$3,629
Sleeping Beauty, 10 minute sketch, c.1928 (HMO 786)
Unframed (ref: 6286)
Inscribed in pencil with title, probably by Florence Dunbar
Oil on canvas
19 x 13 in. (48 x 33 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016. Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 12, page 44: Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Christopher Campbell-Howes, October 2016, page 51. Dunbar presumably painted this endearing portrait of her father William, then about 66, after lunch one day. Always careful of dressing, as befitted a bespoke tailor, even during the course of an after-lunch nap during which he has slipped down inside his jacket, he has a rose in his button-hole. Someone - the handwriting resembles Florence Dunbar’s - has written ‘Sleeping Beauty 10 minute sketch on the lower part of the canvas.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.