Evelyn Dunbar (1906 - 1960)

Sketchbook 1

£440.00

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Provenance:
The Artist’s Estate; Private collection

Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar – The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 – February 2016, cat 119.

Literature: Evelyn Dunbar – The Lost Works, Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat 119page 171.




In general Dunbar preferred loose cartridge paper for her sketch work, but occasionally she resorted to cheap sketch books if ever she had a single idea to work out in many examples. One such dates from 1935, when Dunbar was working out tartan-based designs for the cover of The Scots Week-End and Caledonian Vade Mecum for Host, Guest and Wayfarer, a miscellany which she illustrated with line drawings. 


Sketchbooks & Ephemera 

“When Evelyn Dunbar enrolled at the Royal College of Art in 1929 it was a toss-up
as to whether she would apply for the Design School or the Painting School and although Painting won she maintained a strong interest in design and included many designerdraughtsmen among her friends, particularly Edward Bawden and Barnett Freedman.
Like them she enjoyed free-hand pattern-making and filled many sketchbooks with
pictorial jottings of people, places and incidents which could be worked up later when
required into vignettes to decorate such publications as The Scots Week-End (page
170) and Gardeners’ Choice (pages 82-95). Equally, they could be incorporated into
subject paintings like The Days of the Week, or used in any one of her other decorative
projects. Whether working in sketchbooks or on loose scraps of paper she was happy
drawing in line either with pen or pencil, or with clean strokes of a well-charged brush, using the latter particularly to create decorative patterns often reminiscent of Vanessa Bell’s designs for Hogarth Press bookjackets for her sister’s ‚Äì Virginia Woolf’s ‚Äì novels.
Through Mahoney and other Royal College contacts she would also have been familiar
with the work of the Curwen Press, particularly the pattern papers inspired by the
recently deceased Claud Lovat Fraser and produced by Paul Nash, Edward Bawden,
Enid Marx and others.
In her early days she had a natural playfulness which is reflected in her illustrated
letters to Jane Carrington and Edward Bawden; those to Charles Mahoney – who she
addressed variously as Dear Chas’, Dear Matey Cock’ or My dear old potting shed’
– stand out particularly. By the late 1930s this natural gaiety and joie de vivre gave
way to a less light-hearted mood as the disparity between her Christian Science
upbringing and Mahoney’s atheistic socialism increasingly drove a wedge between
them. Apart from the rift with Mahoney this mood of greater seriousness chimed with that of the country as a whole as the clouds of impending war grew ever darker. Her Shell poster designs (CAT 82-84) probably date from this time and it is probable that Barnett Freedman encouraged her to produce some possible ideas as, in the late 1930s, he was commissioned by his friend Jack Beddington, who ran the Shell publicity department, to create puzzle’ advertisements for use in various technical journals. Dunbar may have thought that with their simple kitchen imagery of shelling peas combined with semihumourous captions ‚Äì I Shell’, Thou Shellest’ ‚Äì they might appeal to various ladies’journals. (see Ruth Artmonsky, Jack Beddington, The Footnote Man, London, 2006, p.54). It is not surprising that they were not developed further, but they were the precursors to Dunbar’s Mother Hubbard (CAT 81) commissioned by I C I, and used for publication in a variety of different publications in much the same manner as Beddington’s puzzle’advertisements.
Scrapbooks and artists’ Christmas cards were a particular feature of the interwar period and beyond. Edward Bawden’s and Eric Ravilious’s scrapbooks in the collection of the Fry Gallery, Saffron Walden, contain many examples of cards from John Piper, Graham Sutherland, Geoffrey Rhoades and other artist friends, including Dunbar and Mahoney.
After her marriage to Roger Folley Evelyn continued to produce her annual card usually
accompanied by some verse by her husband: that for Christmas 1947 – one of the
bleakest of postwar winters – depicts a particularly jolly figure of Pomona, the Roman
goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards (FIG 23), reminding us once again of
Evelyn’s delight in animating the spirits of the months and seasons, virtues and ancient
gods. Christian Science could not erase these pagan deities from her pantheon.” 

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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Marjorie Reading, 1931

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Woman Sewing c.1925

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Young Woman Reading a Letter, c. 1927

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The Law-abiding Citizen! c.1927

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Sketch for Bedtime, c.1926

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Story Time, c.1926

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Some Games…c. 1958

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Fancy Dress Ball, 1926

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‘Saturnalia’ c.1926

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Service! c. 1924

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Laddie, The Intruder, c.1923

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What fools…c.1926

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Portrait of William Dunbar, 1922

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Woman in Red, c. 1927

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Young Boy Scout, c 1925

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Girl looking upwards, c.1927
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Unidentified Woman with Parrot Brooch, c. 1927

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Seated Nude Study

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Reclining Male Nude Study

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Standing Nude Studies

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Head and Shoulders Male Study

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April Fool!

£480.00

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Study 2 related to Princess Caroline

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Landscape 1

£700.00

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Landscape 2

£975.00

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Artist Sketching

£700.00

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View over fields

£975.00

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View across farm buildings

£1,675.00

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Morning Tasks

£550.00

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Study for Children and Hands

£375.00

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The Young Artist, circa 1920

£760.00

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Children Playing

£650.00

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Child Playing the Banjo

£375.00

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Study related to Princess Caroline

£250.00

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Unidentified Etching

£350.00

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Sacred Music on Sundays’

£275.00

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Unidentified study, c.1956

£775.00

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Laddie, the family dog, asleep on a chair

£900.00

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Florence Dunbar Peeling Apples c.1922

£300.00

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Miss T. and begging dog!

£175.00

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Christmas Tree in a pot

£350.00

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Figure Sitting

£350.00

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Various sketches, mostly of the dancing figure of Pomona for a Christmas card design for 1947

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Nude Study of Woman Sitting

£600.00

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Nude Study with Hand on Hip

£200.00

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Seated Nude Study 1

£275.00

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Figure study for the personification of April for Country Life 1938 Gardener’s Diary, 1937

£580.00

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Portrait

£375.00

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Study for Seated Woman reading

£250.00

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Study for Seated Woman

£250.00

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Flower Show Illustrations

£135.00

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Seated Nude Study 2

£350.00

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The Farming Year Poster

£500.00

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Farming Equipement 1

£365.00

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Farming Sketch

£375.00

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Various Figure Studies including a Ballerina

£500.00

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Nude Study with artist at work

£350.00

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Nude Figure Studies

£300.00

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Chalk Nude Study with Sketching Figure in Foreground

£300.00

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Sitting Nude Study with Umbrella

£200.00

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The horse gin

£325.00

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Study for Farm Dictionary

£325.00

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Prune’

£300.00

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Royal College of Art Sketch Club Annual Summer Camp, 1930

£895.00

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Portrait of an Unidentified Woman

£970.00

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Pencil sketch for Portrait of an Airwoman, 1944

£1,500.00

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Seated Woman with Sleeping Dog

£1,500.00

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Portrait of an Unidentified Man, c.1925

£1,375.00

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Ring-a-ring-a-rosies

£795.00

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Trenching or double-digging, 1938

£525.00

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A diagrammatic explanation of trenching or double digging

£1,750.00

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Cape Capers!

£350.00

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Moving into the Cedars, 1924

£1,375.00

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Nude standing with hand on thigh

£600.00

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Portrait sketch of an unidentified friend

£395.00

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Sketch of Family Reading

£475.00

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Studies of Leaves, 1930’s

£1,475.00

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Sketches of men and women involved in various activities, of unknown purpose or destination

£500.00

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The Artist at Her Drawing Board, mid-1920s

£450.00

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Potato Harvesting, 1954

£785.00

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The garden of The Elms, 1956

£1,950.00

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The Garden at the Elms, Winter, 1956

£1,950.00

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Life Class with full-length female nude in profile

£750.00

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Study for Gardener’s Choice: Himalayan Primrose with vignettes of a gardener to the margins

£975.00

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Sketches of children in various poses.

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Preliminary study for Mercatora

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Sheet of African figures

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Sheet of figure studies with artist looking at herself in a handheld mirror

£800.00

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Sheet of studies for Mercatora

£800.00

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Artist’s sister sewing

£1,400.00

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Study for allegorical figure

£700.00

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Study of Charles Mahoney drawing plants

£520.00

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Faith, Hope and Charity, 1950

£400.00

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The artist’s sister sleeping in an armchair

£425.00

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Sheet of non-contemporaneous studies, some with reference to images in Country Life 1938 Gardener’s Diary, others experimenting with Indian ink, c.1948

£975.00

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Studies of leaves and flowers.

£575.00

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Art school study of a lady seated on a Windsor chair

£950.00

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Sheet of studies with figures gardening

£1,400.00