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Valentine Dobree (1894-1974)

Valentine Dobrée was born Gladys May Mabel Brooke-Pechell, at Cannanore, India, in 1894. At the age of three she was sent to England to be educated. For a short time Valentine was a pupil of Andre Derain but had no further formal education in art. In 1913 she married Bonamy Dobrée. From April 1914 until the outbreak of the War they lived in Florence. Returning to England she led a Bohemian life - she had an affair with Mark Gertler, who painted her portrait in 1919 and 1920, and became a close friend of Roland Penrose and Dora Carrington. In 1920 she exhibited with the London Group. Between 1921-25 the Dobrées lived in a French village in the Pyrenees; Valentine exhibited at the Salon des Independents during this period. In 1926 the Dobrées moved to Cairo. 1927 saw the publication of Valentine's first novel Your Cuckoo Sings by Kind. This was followed in 1929 by a second novel The Emperor's Tigers. In the same year the Dobrées retu

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Les Viol, circa 1930
Valentine Dobree
Les Viol, circa 1930  Sold