Jessie and Marjorie, the artists sisters, on a Louis Philip Canape, circa 1930
Unmounted (ref: 5408)
Pen and ink, watercolour, 13 x 21 in. (33 x 53.5 cm.)
Gill Clarke has suggested that this scene depicts the artist's two sisters Jessie and 'Midge' in their home The
Cedars at Strood. They are possible sewing which was a favourite pastime. Dunbar often sketched at home using her
family as models.
Margaret Goodwin, from whose collection
this drawing came, was a friend and contemporary of Evelyn Dunbar's at
the School of
Drawing and Painting, Royal College of Art - both attended the School
from 1929 to 1933 and remained remained friends thereafter. It is
recorded that they holidayed
together, with Mrs Gwynne-Jones
(mother of Allan Gwynne-Jones), at Strawberry cottage, possibly around
the time war was declared, and in April 1941, in the Lake District,
with Roger Folley, (Dunbar's future husband) and Glynn (William) Burton.
We are grateful to Gill Clarke for assistance.