Evelyn Dunbar

ARTIST

Dunbar, Evelyn

1906 – 1960

Evelyn Dunbar studied at Rochester School of Art, Chelsea School
of Art (1927) and the Royal College of Art (1929’33). She painted
murals from 1933 -36 at Brockley School, a collaboration with her
RCA tutor (and lover) Cyril Mahoney (1903’1968) and in 1937
they wrote and illustrated together Gardeners’ Choice. 

In 1938 she set up the Blue Gallery in Rochester, exhibiting her
own work alongside that of Edward Bawden (1903’1989) and
Barnett Freedman (1901’1958) and others. In 1940 she was
appointed an official war artist, becoming the only woman (amongst
36 men) to be given a full time salaried position by the WAAC. 

She held her only solo exhibition at Withersdane, Wye, Kent
in 1953, although the WAAC included numerous pieces in touring
exhibitions ranging from Aberdeen Art Gallery to MOMA, New York. 

A posthumous exhibition was held in 2006 at St Barbe
Museum and Art Gallery, and in 2015 Liss Llewellyn mounted a
major retrospective of her recently rediscovered studio at Pallant
House Gallery. 

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Evelyn Dunbar

ARTIST

Dunbar, Evelyn

1906 – 1960

Evelyn Dunbar studied at Rochester School of Art, Chelsea School
of Art (1927) and the Royal College of Art (1929’33). She painted
murals from 1933 -36 at Brockley School, a collaboration with her
RCA tutor (and lover) Cyril Mahoney (1903’1968) and in 1937
they wrote and illustrated together Gardeners’ Choice. 

In 1938 she set up the Blue Gallery in Rochester, exhibiting her
own work alongside that of Edward Bawden (1903’1989) and
Barnett Freedman (1901’1958) and others. In 1940 she was
appointed an official war artist, becoming the only woman (amongst
36 men) to be given a full time salaried position by the WAAC. 

She held her only solo exhibition at Withersdane, Wye, Kent
in 1953, although the WAAC included numerous pieces in touring
exhibitions ranging from Aberdeen Art Gallery to MOMA, New York. 

A posthumous exhibition was held in 2006 at St Barbe
Museum and Art Gallery, and in 2015 Liss Llewellyn mounted a
major retrospective of her recently rediscovered studio at Pallant
House Gallery. 

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ARTWORK FOR SALE

Evelyn Dunbar
The Garden at the Elms
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December for the Country Life 1938 Gardeners Diary
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Design for unused title page of Gardener’s Choice, circa 1936
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Joseph in Prison, 1949-50
Evelyn Dunbar
Study II for designs for an embroidered quilt [HMO 689]
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Study I for designs for an embroidered quilt [HMO 689]
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Three sketchbooks
Evelyn Dunbar
Studies for Mercatora, an allegorical painting (whereabouts unknown) [HMO 173]
£2,500.00
Evelyn Dunbar
Colour study for sub-gallery spandrels at Brockley County School for Boys [HMO 551]
£2,350.00
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Go Shell, proposed design for Shell petrol. c.1937 [HMO 751]
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Portrait of the artists mother, Florence, on a bentwood rocking chair, c.1930 [HMO 797]
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Land Workers at Strood, c. 1938 [HMO 762]
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The Childrens Shop: mice (recto), birds (verso) [HMO 749]
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Milking Practice with Artificial Udders, 1940
Evelyn Dunbar
Portrait of the artist Margaret Goodwin
£2,950.00

SOLD PICTURES

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Clara Cowling gardening, circa 1928
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Felbridge, circa 1926
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RCA Sketch Club Summer Camp, 1930
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Design for June for the Country Life 1938 Gardeners Diary
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Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat, Where Have You Been [HMO 333]
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The Woodcutter and the Bees, spring 1933 [HMO 309]
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The Dunbar family in the Garden at The Cedars, Spring (Version 1), c.1928 (HMO 75)
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Sleeping Beauty, 10 minute sketch, c.1928 (HMO 786)
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Autumn and the Poet, 1948-1960