Studies for Faith, Hope and Charity, an unrealised allegorical painting [HMO 699]
Framed (ref: 6744)
Pencil and pen & ink on paper. 15 x 22 in. (38.2 x 56 cm)
Provenance: Roger Folley; Alasdair Dunbar; Hammer Mill Oast Collection
Exhibited: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, Pallant House Gallery, October 2015 - February 2016 cat 109. Literature: Evelyn Dunbar - The Lost Works, eds Sacha Llewellyn & Paul Liss, July 2015, cat 109, page 156-157. At the end of the war, Dunbar was still only 38 years old. Married in 1942 to Roger Folley, she was able to spend time with him at last, setting up home firstly in Warwickshire, then in Oxfordshire, finally in Kent. She now had the time to explore other modes than the observational ones she had favoured during the war, turning towards a more personal manner, rediscovering modes from her student and pre-student days and returning to allegory as her preferred vehicle. Several studies for Faith, Hope and Charity exist, usually following an iconic tradition in which Charity is shown to be faceless. Evelyn may have planned a large-scale rendering, but the only known finished image was used for her and her husband Roger Folley’s Christmas card for 1950.
We are grateful to Christopher Campbell-Howes for assistance.