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Portrait probably of Jessie Dunbar (recto), c.1925, [HMO 761]
Framed (ref: 6326)
Oil on canvas
24 x 17 in. (61 x 45.1 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016, cat 15.
Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 15, page 46.
An early portrait of Jessie Dunbar, in the same slightly primitive style as The Cedars (CAT 8). Jessie Dunbar had a squint, about which she was very sensitive. She modelled frequently for her sister Evelyn, her final appearance being as the principal subject in The Land Girl and the Bail Bull (FIG 19). Dunbar is always careful to avoid direct reference to her sister’s strabismus: here she shows her with eyes lowered demurely.