Lionel Ellis (1903-1988)
|Portrait of a Woman in Red Shawl (Classical Nudes Verso)
|This lovely British portrait oil painting is by noted artist Lionel Ellis. Painted circa 1940, the picture is a half length seated portrait of a smiling woman wrapped in a red shawl, her dark hair cascading down one shoulder in a long ringlet. There is great detail in her serene facial features and superb vibrant colours. This is a superb example of Ellis' work with good provenance and has equally interesting classical nudes verso. It is unsigned as many of his works were.
|Previous estate of Barbara Shaw, the artist's wife.
|Oil on Canvas
|25 x 30 inches
|Housed in a complementary frame, 37 inches by 32 inches and in good condition.
|Lionel Ellis ARCA (1903-1988) was an important twentieth-century painter, illustrator, engraver and teacher who specialised in portraits, as well as equestrian and floral subjects. He studied at the Plymouth school of Art 1918-22 and Royal College of Art 1922-25 and won a travelling scholarship in 1925 travelling to Colarossi's, Paris, Florence and Rome. He taught at Wimbledon School of Art between 1937 and 1968 and lived in Headley, Surrey. His partner was fellow artist Barbara Shaw. His work is held at the V&A Museum, the British Museum and provincial museums. He exhibited 1927-33. New English Art Club 3, Redfern Gallery 45.