'The Velvet Choker' by Robert Duckworth Greenham (1908-1980)

GBP 5,750.00

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Object Description

Original Oil on canvas by Modern British artist Robert Duckworth Greenham.
A strong image this, deeply retro in a 70s Bond girl way. Greenham was an unusual painter in that his style remained completely consistent for his entire career, apart from the fashion of the sitter this would be impossible to date next to his work from the 1930s onwards. His very stylized portraits have a faintly celluloid feel about them, as if they were made for film posters. Their graphic quality is enhanced by an acid palette that recalls the Zinkeisen sisters’ work around the same time.
Available at Panter and Hall.

Object History

Exhibited at Panter and Hall ‘A Dealer’s Eye II’ 2021.
E-Catalogue available here: https://ebooks.panterandhall.com/other/a-dealers-eye-2021

Object Literature

Born in Streatham, Greenham trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art and then at the Royal Academy Schools from 1926 to 1929, where he was awarded a Landseer Scholarship, the Creswick Prize, the British Institute Scholarship and the Silver Medal for painting. A versatile artist he was comfortable working in most mediums and could produce figurative groups at social occasions and pastoral Suffolk landscape with equal facility. In the 1930s and ’40s Greenham painted a series of portraits of actresses and film stars, including Greta Garbo and Jessie Matthews, inspired by cinema stills taken at the time. His 1943 portrait of Martita Hunt from this series is now hanging in the National Portrait Gallery. He exhibited regularly at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, the London Group and The Royal Scottish Academy and was an elected member of both the Royal Society of British Artists and Royal Institute of Painters in Oil. His elder brother was the painter and portraitist Peter Greenham RA.

Works are held in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery, London, Sheffield Art Galleries, Somerville Colle, Oxford, Guernsey Museums & Galleries and the Ingram Collection.

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