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Sir Lawrence Burnett Gowing (1918 - 1994):
Lady with Book
A718a; oil on canvas; 91.5 x 122.1 cm.
Purchased (Gavin Bone Bequest Fund), 1945; WA1945.101.
The portrait, made c. 1942, shows Julia Strachey, later Gowing's wife, reclining on a chaise-longue, dressed in a white robe, apparently reading a book but momentarily looking at the viewer. The picture, like other paintings by Gowing, aims to capture the atmosphere of the moment, reflecting with its warm reddish tones, the hospitality of the room, without concentrating unduly on the details of the sitter.
Information derived from the Ashmolean Museum's Complete Illustrated Catalogue of Paintings.