Pansy Reading

Pencil on paper
18 x 13 cm 


“My mother was one of his favourite subjects over the years, from touchingly affectionate drawings of her as a young beauty, then as a mother, or in her favourite occupation – reading. This particular drawing was a study for an oil portrait that featured on the cover of an early edition of the ‘Oxford Companion to English Literature’, painted in 1933.









Henry Lamb RA [ 1883 - 1960 ]

Abandoning his medical studies to become an artist, in 1905 Lamb moved to London where he studied under Augustus John and William Orpen at their short-lived Chelsea Art School. A highly gifted draughtsman he soon moved to Paris, and painted in Brittany. On his return to London he made his name with an extraordinary full-life sized portrait of Lytton Strachey (now in the Tate).

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