Exhibited: R.A. 1941
This is possibly a self portrait dating to around the time that Grace married the painter Francis Wheatley (1912). Despite its early-twentieth-century date, the sitter in this painting looks distinctly anachronistic for a year around 1910. The silhouette formed by her clothes is outmoded and the dress material does not accord with contemporary fashion.
Francis Wheatley's portrait of Grace of 1912 is altogether more stylish, though again the sitter appears slightly reticent.
The China Cupboard clearly had significance for the artist - it was submitted by her at the RA in 1941 some 30 years after it was painted.
A contemporaneous painting in the Tate (Seated Woman) shows the artist's sister who appears to be the same model for a later painting of a reclining nude.
Edith Grace Wheatley (1888-1970)
Edith Grace Wheatley was a painter, sculptor and lecturer. She was born 26 June 1888 in London, née Wolfe, descendant of the family of General Wolfe. She studied at the Slade School 1906–8 and at the Atelier Colarossi in Paris.
Married John Wheatley 1912.
Her first one-man exhibition was at the Greatorex Gallery 1933.
Lecturer in Fine Art, University of Cape Town, 1925–37.
Edith Grace Wheatley carried out ceiling and wall paintings for the Art Gallery and sculpture for the New Law Courts at Cape Town. She returned to England in 1937.
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