GEORGE LESLIE HUNTER
signed l.r.: L Hunter
oil on canvas over pencil
63.5 by 51cm., 25 by 20in.
Original canvas. The work appears to be in good overall condition. Some surface dirt throughout.
Examination under ultraviolet light reveals some scattered spots of fluorescence throughout the figure (probably old minor retouchings).
Held in gold reeded frame and under non-reflective glass.
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Mr R.H. Spurr of The Romney Gallery, Southport, where purchased by the grandfather of the present owner in October 1955
Edinburgh, Royal Scottish Academy, Festival Exhibition - Peploe, Cadell & Hunter, 1949;
Rothesay, The Museum, (organised by the Scottish Committee of the Arts Council), Paintings by Leslie Hunter, 1955;
Hull, Ferens Art Gallery, Portraits from Homes in East Yorkshire, 1956
This is a rare painting of a nude model by Hunter and may date to 1930 when the artist attended a life class at the Glasgow Arts Club. Although oil paintings of nude figures are very scarce in the artist's oeuvre he made many pen and ink sketches of the subject, enlivened with bright crayon. The background of the present picture is evocative of the art of Matisse.