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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Go Shell, proposed design for Shell petrol. c.1937 [HMO 751]

SKU: 6365
Oil on board
12 x 8¼ in. (31 x 21 cm)

Size:
Height – 31cm
Width – 21cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Presentation:
framed
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar – The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 – February 2016.

Literature: Evelyn Dunbar – The Lost Works, Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 84page 126-127.

Dunbar was possibly commissioned in the 1930s to produce original commercial publicity material, as Freedman, Ravilious and others were, but nothing further is known of her designs for Shell. There is no record of Dunbar being commissioned by Shell to produce original publicity material.
The Children’s Shop & Commercial Design

Shop window of The Children’s Shop
on Rochester High Street.

There was clearly a strong entrepreneurial streak in the Dunbar family. In December 1938 an article in The Chatham News proclaimed that Although today there are half-a-dozen flourishing businesses associated under the name Dunbar, the family was unknown in Strood when the twentieth century was born.’ 
William, Evelyn’s father, had come south from Scotland some time in the latter years of the nineteenth century, first to Reading and then briefly to Bournemouth before finally setting up in business as a bespoke tailor and draper in Rochester, Kent, the archaeologist’s and the historian’s heaven’ as Richard Church described it. 
During the interwar years as the Dunbar children grew to 
maturity the name became ubiquitous in Rochester High Street: Evelyn’s brother Ronald branched out into radios and bicycles while two of her sisters, Jessie and Marjorie, opened The Children’s Shop. For several years the living accommodation above this shop at 244 High Street was also the family home until William bought The Cedars across the Medway at Strood.
Jessie and Marjorie were only one year apart in age, they never married and were like
twins living for each other happy in themselves, delighting in their work dressing small
children, and firm in their in their adherence to the Christian Science faith in which their mother had reared them. They established The Children’s Shop soon after the end of World War I and Evelyn, though still in her early teens was happy to help. Even when her commitments at the Royal College of Art and Brockley shifted the focus of her activity to London, she continued to assist designing headed notepaper (CAT 79) and other stationery (CAT 77), lettering publicity panels and painting the delightful signboard for the shop with its frolicking mice and sparrows (CAT 76).
In 1938, some eighteen years after opening The Children’s Shop, the two sisters
expanded their business interests when they took over a well-established haberdashery
further down the High Street, including, according to a notice in The Chatham News, its stock of rare silks: they renamed it The Fancy Shop. Their brother Ronald’s business
had by then expanded to such an extent that he took over Strood Hall and in December
that year advertised a Home Comfort Exhibition and a Miniature Radiolympia with:
TELEVISION, FREE DEMONSTRATION DAILY: FURNITURE, a representative selection of the most up-to-date and attractive styles for Bedroom, Dining Room and Sitting
Room: CHILDRENS WEAR and TOYS: Knitting Wools, ART NEEDLEWORK and Fancy
Goods’. The gros point panel Opportunity (CAT 75) embroidered in wools from The
Fancy Shop and copied from a 1936 painting by Evelyn might well have been one of the
pieces of Art Needlework included in this display.
With the opening of The Fancy Shop at 168 High Street Evelyn took over the first floor
to show paintings and items of antique furniture; she named her department the Blue
Gallery and in March 1939 staged an ambitious exhibition of work by friends including
Charles Mahoney, Allan Gwynne-Jones, Kenneth Rowntree and Edward Bawden as
well as sculpture by Bainbridge Copnall. However, with war looming on the horizon,
times were not propitious and the gallery soon closed and Evelyn found employment as
an Official War Artist. The Christian Science Reading Room took over the vacant space
in The Children’s Shop under the care of Jessie and Marjorie. 
Peyton Skipwith
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THE ARTIST

Evelyn Dunbar
Evelyn
Dunbar
1906 - 1960

Evelyn Dunbar studied at Rochester School of Art, Chelsea School
of Art (1927) and the Royal College of Art (1929’33). She painted
murals from 1933 -36 at Brockley School, a collaboration with her
RCA tutor (and lover) Cyril Mahoney (1903’1968) and in 1937
they wrote and illustrated together Gardeners’ Choice. 

In 1938 she set up the Blue Gallery in Rochester, exhibiting her
own work alongside that of Edward Bawden (1903’1989) and
Barnett Freedman (1901’1958) and others. In 1940 she was
appointed an official war artist, becoming the only woman (amongst
36 men) to be given a full time salaried position by the WAAC. 

She held her only solo exhibition at Withersdane, Wye, Kent
in 1953, although the WAAC included numerous pieces in touring
exhibitions ranging from Aberdeen Art Gallery to MOMA, New York. 

A posthumous exhibition was held in 2006 at St Barbe
Museum and Art Gallery, and in 2015 Liss Llewellyn mounted a
major retrospective of her recently rediscovered studio at Pallant
House Gallery. 

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Noah receiving the dove returning to the Ark, 1930’s
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Muse with Crown, Design for Christmas Card 2
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Children Playing in Various Poses
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Sheet of studies for Gardeners’ Choice
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Studies II for the cover of Gardeners Choice, 1936-37 [HMO 363]
£380.00
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Design for Christmas card, 1959
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Design for Christmas card, 1959
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Study for an unidentified WAAF (Womens Auxiliary Air Force) member
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Sketches for Dunbars and her husband Roger Folleys Christmas card, 1959
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Sketch of a woman carrying pot plants
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Study for Mercatora
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Unidentified sitting gardener holding a bowl
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Sketch for April
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Small girl
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Design 2 for personal correspondence
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Woman with yellow hat
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Preliminary study for Gladiolus tristis
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Studies for Faith, Hope and Charity
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Hot pie
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Irises and aquilegias
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Sheet with studies of faces in profile
£795.00
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Studies of a seated couple reading scrolls and a woman carrying bowls, mid 1930’s
£750.00
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Peeling pears at The Cedars
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Design for personal correspondence
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The Proposal
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Working sketch of a young woman holding a pole
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Seven figures
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Young man playing the violin
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Study for a lily, probably for Gardeners’ Choice, 1936
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Gardener and various sketches, circa 1932
£685.00
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Layout for agricultural children’s book, circa 1948
£490.00
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The Haunted
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Sketches of the artist’s sister Jessie, circa 1930
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Red Cross nurse knitting socks, 1941
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Studies for Faith, Hope and Charity II, circa 1948
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Life study of a young woman, circa 1930
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Sketches for Faith, Hope and Charity, circa 1948
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Campanula Rapunculoides
£340.00
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Woman and child seated on a bed
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An illustration for an unidentified childrens story
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Studies of Geranium armenum
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Recto: Study of a woman glancing over her shoulder. Verso: Two toddlers, possibly a study for artwork intended for her sisters The Children
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Sketches and designs for an unrealised painting entitled Evening in the Country
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Greeting card, with space for a small calendar [HMO 81]
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Sketches of women
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Preliminary sketches for the supporters at either end of the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley School
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Florence, Marjorie and Alec at the Cedars, early 1930’s
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Study for the Brockley Murals
£1,375.00
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Study for the background to The Queue at the Fish Shop
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Study for background of A Land Girl and the Bail Bull
£2,350.00
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Design for Gardeners Choice, p 135 1937
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Studies for Putting on Anti-Gas Protective Clothing, study D
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Studies for Putting on Anti-Gas Protective Clothing, study A.
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for Putting on Anti-gas Protective Clothing, 1940, study b.
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Studies for Putting on Anti-gas Protective Clothing, 1940, study c.
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
The Artist’s sister-in-law, Jill, seated in a Chippendale style chair, circa 1938
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William
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Vignette of unknown purpose featuring a figure reading on a stylised Lily of the Valley leaf.
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Vignette of stylised house and garden for Gardeners Choice
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Design for page 131 vignette, Gardeners Choice
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for page 200 of Gardeners Choice
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Design for page 53, Gardeners Choice
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 52]
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 53]
£480.00
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 55]
£350.00
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Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 54]
£435.00
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 47]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 48]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36, cat 50]
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Study for a Christmas card design, 1942 [HMO 340]
£450.00
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Greeting card, with space for a small calendar, c.1943 [HMO 81]
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Study 1 for a Christmas card design for 1959 [HMO 60]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
A set of 20 vignettes, purpose unknown, several of which can be associated with decorative projects Dunbar was involved with in the mid-1930
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Sketchbook 1
£440.00
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Sketchbook 2
£880.00
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Studies for Faith, Hope and Charity, an unrealised allegorical painting [HMO 699]
£1,950.00
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Recto: Study for Alpha…. [HMO 518]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
An early study for Josephs Dream, c. 1938 [HMO 122]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Preliminary study for the diptych Josephs Dream, c.1938 [HMO 279a]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Top half of sketch for Potato Sorting, Berwick,1943 [HMO 312]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Senior Sister PMRAF Nursing Service [HMO 55]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Land Girls in training [HMO 709]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study for the background to The Queue at the Fish Shop, 1942 [HMO 584]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study at Sparsholt Farm Institute for A Land Girl and the Bail Bull, 1944 [HMO 39]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of tractor at Sparsholt Farm Institute, 1940 [HMO 281]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait of Flying Officer Roger Folley, RAFVR [HMO 280]
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for Various Womens Land Army Activities, Including Singling Turnips [HMO 313]
£2,900.00
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study for vegetable cultivation at Sparsholt Farm Institute, 1940 [HMO 425]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Design for a Childrens Shop verse, c.1938 [HMO 374]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Headed notepaper, with design by Dunbar, for The Childrens Shop, c.1952 [HMO 375]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Man on a pruning ladder, perhaps intended for Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937 [HMO 360]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Games, inscribed verso, c.1952 [HMO 113]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of two running mice, probably a design associated with The Childrens Shop [HMO 587]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for endpapers for Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937 [HMO 203]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
September, preparatory drawing for Country Life 1938 Gardeners Diary [HMO 232]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study for April for Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937 [HMO 247]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study for April for Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937 [HMO 228]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Charles Mahoney drawing plants in the garden of The Cedars in preparation for Gardeners Choice, 1936.[HMO 632b]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for gardening vignettes, drawn on variously for Gardeners Choice, 1936-37, and Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937 [HMO 200]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Galley proof of preliminary prospectus for Gardeners Diary 1938, 1937, Recto-Verso [HMO 57]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Cyclamen coüm and for C. neapolitanum for page 55 of Gardeners Choice, 1936 [HMO 260]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Gladiolus tristis for page 103 of Gardeners Choice, c.1936 [HMO 36]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of Charles Mahoney sketching, c.1936 [HMO 700]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Charles Mahoney drawing plants in the garden of The Cedars in preparation for Gardeners Choice, 1936.[HMO 632a]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for page 199 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 251]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for page 199 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 244]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Eryngium agavifolium for page 81 of Gardeners Choice, 1936 [HMO 25]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Fritillaria meleagris (Snakes Head Fritillary) for page 89 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 214]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study of Oxalis adenophylla for page 129 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 240]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for the cover of Gardeners Choice, 1936-37 [HMO 363]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for title page of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 239]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for pages viii and 168 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 254]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vignette for pages 71 and 222 of Gardeners Choice, 1937 [HMO 245]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Sketch for the background landscape of the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 429, 552 & 524]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
A study of council allotments at Strood, 1939 [HMO 774]
Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Colour sketch for the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 525]
£2,875.00
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Colour sketch for the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys, including incidental sketches [HMO 430]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies for the Brockley mural panel The Country Girl and the Pail of Milk, 1933 [HMO 645]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait of Jessie Dunbar, c.1925 [HMO 790]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait of Alexander James Dunbar (Alec), c.1928 [HMO 80]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Studies of the Dunbar family, c.1927 (HMO 702)
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
The Dunbar family in the Garden at The Cedars, (Version 2 – Spring), [HMO 74]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Winter from Above, c.1927 (HMO 53)
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Study for Autumn and The Poet [HMO 266], circa 1948
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
My Little WAAF, 1944 [HMO 780]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Kent landscape, early 1950’s
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait probably of Jessie Dunbar (recto), c.1925, [HMO 761]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Portrait of William Dunbar, c.1928 [HMO 848]
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Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)
Vegetable garden at Strawberry Cottage, spring, c.1938 [HMO 794]