Portrait of Flying Officer Roger Folley, RAFVR [HMO 280]
Framed (ref: 6724)
Signed and dated. Pencil and black chalk on paper. 17¾ x 17 in. (45 x 43 cm)
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Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016, cat 86. WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, Morley College London, 28 October-23 November 2016, cat 51. Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 86, page 132-133; WW2 - War Pictures by British Artists, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2016, cat 51, page 90; Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Christopher Campbell-Howes, October 2016, passim.
Dunbar met Roger Folley, a horticultural economist, at Sparsholt Farm Institute, Winchester, where he worked before the war. They were married in 1942. Folley, on leave from France when this was drawn, served in the RAF as a night-fighter navigator.
A later portrait of Folley is in the collection of Manchester City Art Gallery:
Roger Folley, (The Cerebrant) 1948,
30 x 26 in. (76.5 x 66.4 cm).
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.