HELEN BRADLEY | Waiting at Liverpool to go to the Isle of Man
46 cms x 61 cms / 18" x 24"
Oil on Canvasboard
Waiting at Liverpool to go to the Isle of Man, Father decided we should all go for a holiday to the Isle of Man. He said the sail and the pleasant air of the Island would do us good. George and I were a little afraid of the paddle steamer. It made such a noise. Grandma and the two aunts and the dogs, Gyp and Barney, came with us, so also did Miss Carter (who wore pink) and Mr Taylor (the Bank Manager). I heard the aunts' whisper that perhaps, with the journey across the water being so romantic, Mr Taylor might propose to Miss Carter, but he was most attentive to Aunt Frances and Aunt Charlotte in turn which made our holiday most enjoyable and the year was 1906.
- Helen Bradley began painting her unique and charming narrative scenes at the age of sixty-five. She painted in order to show her grandchildren what life was like when she was a child. The artist transmuted her childhood memories in the everyday life of ordinary Lancashire mill folk into anecdotal art. Characterized by the frank and inhibited outlook of a young child, her bright, teeming pictures and her own delightful narrative, memorably reflect that gentle period. Primitive in style, idyllic in mood, Bradleys pictures are as accomplished as they are imaginative.
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