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Curator-Led Tour of Evelyn Dunbar's 'The lost Works'
2 February 2016 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
A remarkable collection of lost works by WW2 Official War Artist Evelyn Dunbar (1906 – 1960) goes on show for the first time. In 1940, Evelyn Dunbar was appointed by the War Artists’ Advisory Committee as an official war artist, eventually becoming the only woman artist to receive successive and continuous commissions throughout the war. Her brief was to record civilian contributions to the war effort on the home front. Her initial subjects were the activities of the Women’s Voluntary Service, and later, the Women’s Land Army. By the end of the war, Dunbar had over forty paintings accepted by committee. Recently a hidden cache of Dunbar’s work was found in the attic of her Kent house. This exhibition reunites these lost works with major paintings from private and public collections to provide a much fuller picture of this celebrated artist who so richly recorded women’s contributions to World War II. This is a rare chance to view such a large quantity of previously unseen work by an important 20th century artist who has also exhibited at Tate Britain and the Imperial War College.
A book about Dunbar’s lost works was chosen as one of the top “Books of the Year” by the Observer. Susannah Clapp wrote in the Observer’s “The New Review” on 29th November,
“I would like everything in Chichester’s terrific Pallant House bookshop but will settle for Evelyn Dunbar: The Lost Works (Liss Llewellyn Fine Art), Sasha Llewellyn and Paul Liss’s catalogue of the revelatory Dunbar exhibition.”
After the talk we will have a self-hosted lunch at the Pallant Kitchen, located within the award-winning contemporary wing of the Gallery.
- Cost: Patrons and Friends £15, Guests £20.
- Cheques: please post to Box 539, 28 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3SS
- Travel details: to be provided. Please note that cost does not include train fare from Victoria Station or lunch.
- RSVP: rsvp@UKFriendsofNMWA.org. Numbers are very limited, so book early.
Background reading: article by Paul Liss on PCF: http://www.thepcf.org.uk/artists/116/filter_reference/2015/reference/44