Nell & The Hens
60 x 50
Oil on Canvas
Signed and dated front. In a handpainted frame.
Reduced to £17,000 for a quick sale. Artist Resale Right applicable at 4%
£25000 Non Vattable
Nell is Nell Trevelyan the stepdaughter in law of Mary Fedden. This painting is one of Mary Fedden's most charming paintings made during her most interesting period in the 1980's. Acquired from the New Grafton Gallery in the early 80's, we are selling this on behalf of the descendants of the original owner.
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Born in Bristol in 1915, Mary Fedden studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, as a scholar, 1932-6. She taught painting – the first woman tutor – at the Royal College of Art, 1958-64, from 1965-70 at Yehudi Menuhin School. Was a member of LG, 1962-4, and participated in many other mixed shows. Solo shows included Redfern Gallery from 1953, Hamet gallery from 1970, Heal’s Mansard Gallery, Arnolfini Gallery in Bristol and elsewhere in the provinces. Major exhibition RWA in 1988, by which time she had been its president for several years. Mural commissions included Festival of Britain in 1951, the P & O liner Canberra in 1961, one with Julian Trevelyan at Charing Cross Hospital in 1980, and one for Colindale Hospital, 1985. Fedden was noted for her domestic, modest-sized still lifes, rich in colour and with an immaculate pattern element. HM The Queen, Chantrey Bequest for the Tate Gallery (now Tate Britain) and Contemporary Art Society bought her work. Lived in London. Was elected RA in 1992.