Christie's, London, 23 March 1995, lot 44, where purchased by the present owner
Penzance, Penlee House, A Singular Vision: Dod Procter, 15 September - 24 November 2007, with tour to Djanogly Art Gallery, Nottingham, illustrated in the exhibition catalogue p.75
Marjorie 'Midge' Bruford was a good friend of Dod Procter and herself an artist. She had moved to Cornwall to study painting, first under Stanhope Forbes and then under Harold Harvey and Ernest Procter. She exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club and Newlyn Art Gallery and modelled for Dod Procter on a number of occasions. The present example, executed in 1920, is a close precursor to her Portrait of Eileen Mayo, painted in subtle contrasts of creams.
Canvas has been lined, in ready to hang condition.
Ultraviolet light reveals flecks of retouching mainly to the upper left corner and the chair, with some isolated spots elsewhere.
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