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Lot 76

Dame Ethel Walker DBE ARA, British 1861-1951 - The Passing of Night; watercolour on paper,...

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Lot 76

Dame Ethel Walker DBE ARA, 
British 1861-1951 - 
The Passing of Night; 
watercolour on paper,...

Price Realised: £1,968

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,800

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 76


Dame Ethel Walker DBE ARA, 
British 1861-1951 - 

The Passing of Night; 

watercolour on paper, signed lower right 'Ethel Walker', 51.3 x 34.2 cm 

with Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London (according to the label attached to the reverse of the frame); 
Christie's, London, Twentieth Century British Art, 1st June 2000, lot 55; 
private collection 

this is likely a sketch from a series of murals, or 'decorations' as the artist titled them, painted over from the 1910s to the early 1930s. Many of these works feature mythological figures, such as the figure of Night here in her chariot and evoke a female utopia, similar to the imagery of her French contemporary, Marie Laurencin. 

Tate Britain currently has several of these decorations on display until March 2024, including one of her largest paintings, 'Decoration: The Excursion of Nausicaa, 1920', and 'The Zone of Hate, 1914-15'. 

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. 

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