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Dame Ethel Walker (1861 - 1951)

Geoffrey Hedley

A1266; oil on canvas; 64.1 x 76.6 cm

Inscribed on stretcher: THIS PORTRAIT OF ME WAS PAINTED BY ETHEL WALKER AT ROBIN HOOD'S BAY ABOUT 1942 Geoffrey Hedley 16-10-50; printed label: DAME ETHEL WALKER, inscribed in ink: Geoffrey Hedley by; labels of Bourlet and Rowley Gall

Presented by Dr Oliver Impey, 2004; WA2004.67

Geoffrey Hedley (d. 1958) worked for the British Council from 1945 until his death, mostly in Asia. He was responsible for the Shanghai office from 1946 until 1952. During this time, he formed a remarkable collection of Chinese paintings, most of which he bequeathed to Khoan and Michael Sullivan, which were displayed at the Ashmolean in 2002.