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Lot 10

Dame Ethel Walker, British 1861-1951 - Portrait of a Lady in front of a piano (with 'Donkeys on...

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Lot 10

Dame Ethel Walker, 
British 1861-1951 - 
Portrait of a Lady in front of a piano (with 'Donkeys on...

Price Realised: £13,000

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 10


Dame Ethel Walker, 
British 1861-1951 - 

Portrait of a Lady in front of a piano (with 'Donkeys on the Beach in Robin Hood's Bay' on the reverse); 

oil on panel, 33.3 x 24.7 cm 

Christie's, London, 20th Century British Art, 30th June 2005, lot 52; 
private collection, purchased from the above 

this is classic example of Walker's style, with its subtle gradations of chalky paint and quiet, almost breathless atmosphere. The intimate handling of the scene and the gentle contrast between fluid paint and bare contract are reminiscent of French artists such as Edouard Vuillard. Other works on this theme are in public collections including the Government Art Collection, Manchester Art Gallery and The Courtauld, London. 

The artist exhibited widely in the UK during her lifetime and was the subject of a major retrospective at the Tate in 1951, alongside her contemporaries Gwen John and Frances Hodgkins and organised by John Rothenstein. More recently, her work was central to Tate Britain's 'Queer British Art 1861-1967' in 2017. She will be the subject of a Spotlight exhibition at Tate Britain later in 2023. 

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