Sketch for the background landscape of the Hilly Fields mural frieze at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 429, 552 & 524]
Framed (ref: 6687)
Watercolour on paper. 14¾ x 62 in. (37.5 x 158 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016, cat 19. Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat. 23, page 63: Evelyn Dunbar: A Life in Painting, Christopher Campbell-Howes, October 2016, pages 106/7. Having completed The Country Girl and the Pail of Milk, one of the five large arched panels, Evelyn turned her attention to the enclosed balcony and the possibility of painting a frieze along its 12 metre length. After several experiments in proportion she produced a panorama of Hilly Fields, the area surrounding the school, composing a visual encyclopedia of 1930s suburbia with the foreground featuring the mostly innocent activities of Brockley schoolboys on their way home from school. Evelyn’s initial water-colour sketchwork was made from the top of a nearby water-tower, in which she was wedged between the water tank and a tiny dormer window; she related that in this cramped space in the summer heat of 1933 the water in her paint jar ‘nearly boiled’. Alan Powers and Christopher Campbell-Howes
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.