Averil Mary Burleigh (1883 - 1949)

The Troubadour, 1928

SKU: 11366
Tempera on panel

Size:
Height – 52.5cm
Width – 56.5cm

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Daughter, Veronica; Louise Whitford; The Piccadilly Gallery; Private Collection since 1990
Presentation:
framed
Exhibitied:
The exhibition of the Royal Academy, 1928. The 160th.,1928, catalogue no. 889; The Fifty-Sixth Annual Autumn Exhibition, Walker Galleries, Liverpool, 1928; Brighton fine Art Galleries, Joint Exhibition, 1932; The Last Romantics: the Romantic tradition in British art, Burne-Jones to Stanley Spencer, Barbican Art Gallery, London, Feb. 9- Apr. 9, 1989., catalogue no. 168

Averil Burleigh specialised in tempera painting and her work is characterised by a bright palette underpinned with a bold sense of graphic design. Her compositions are usually dominated by female figures – often in various states of revelry. Her daughter, the artist Veronica Burleigh (1909–1999), posed as the central model in this work, as she did for many of Averil’s works. As Veronica’s delicate features, almond-shaped eyes and high cheekbones reveal modern influences at work, Burleigh often added further touches of modernity to her Renaissance or Medieval subjects through the inclusion of contemporary clothing.

This painting was previously referred to with the title, As you Like It, but does not correspond to any scene in Shakespeare’s play. Instead, the picture calls to mind the work of Aubrey Beardsley, who like Burleigh was able to imbue historic scenes with a sense of humour and freshness.

The picture comes in its original James Bourlet sixteenth-century style black and gold frame

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THE ARTIST

Averil Mary Burleigh
Averil Mary
Burleigh
1883 - 1949

Averil Burleigh studied at Brighton School of Art and married fellow
painter Charles Burleigh (1870’1956) ‘ together they spent much
of their lives in Hove and Sussex. 

She specialised in tempera painting and her work is
characterised by a bright palette underpinned with a bold sense of
graphic design. She often painted decorative renaissance subjects
whilst adding a touch of modernity, through the inclusion of
contemporary clothing. Her compositions are usually dominated
by female figures ‘ often in various states of revelry. She frequently
used her daughter, the artist Veronica Burleigh (1909’1999), as
the central model. She also illustrated many books, including
Thistledown by Leolyn Louise Everett, published in 1927. 

She exhibited extensively throughout her career, including at
the RA, the RSA, the NEAC, with the SWA, the ROI, Walker Art
Gallery and the Paris Salon. She was also a member of the SMDPT
and was elected a member of the RI in 1936 and an associate of the
RWS in 1939.

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