'' Nude Sitting ''
Oil on panel
27 x 23 in (59 x 49 cm) framed approx
Provenance: Tryon Gallery, Dover Street, London
A fine oil on panel nude portrait of a lady by Susan Crawford, an artist who has painted the Queen and many Royals. Excellent quality and condition portrait of the lady with sketched body and highly detailed face. Signed lower right. Presented in a fine burr walnut frame. Tryon Gallery exhibition label verso.
This portrait is featured on the website of the artist under Portraits. The horizontal line next to the lady is shown there and is an interesting feature of the work. Probably sold at Crawford's 1969 or 1972 exhibition at the Tryon Gallery - details below.
Ready to hang.
Susan Crawford was born in Scotland in 1941 and was brought up on a farm in East Lothian where her parents bred and trained racehorses. She was educated at St Denis School, Edinburgh and at Priorsfield, Godalming, before studying classical drawing for two years at Studio Simi in Florence. In 1967 she went to Ireland for a few days and stayed for almost two years, thereby kicking off her professional career as an equestrian artist.
On returning to London she bought a studio and started getting private commissions to paint a number of famous racehorses and several royal portraits. She has to date painted 22 Derby winners. Her first joint exhibition was with the Tryon Gallery in 1969, where she sold all her pictures on the opening night.
Over the next 40 years she travelled widely; firstly to the USA then Canada, Germany, Brunei, Australia and the Sultanate of Oman as well as with numerous visits to Ireland and throughout the UK.
“Susan Crawford’s working of her paintings is masterly and shows a deep love of horses and animals, together with a special sensitivity towards the human form and personality. Such talent is a rare gift and one that brings enormous and lasting joy into the lives of all who come into contact with it.” HRH The Prince of Wales
Portrait Commissions include:
HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HRH The Princess Margaret , HRH The Princess Royal, HH The Sultan of Brunei and HM Sultan Qaboos of Oman.
Her work has been exhibited at:
The Royal Scottish Academy, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, The Queen’s Gallery, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, The National Horseracing Museum Newmarket, The National Gallery of Pahang Pinang Malaysia, Arthur Ackerman & Son, The David Ker Gallery, The Tryon Gallery and the Crossgate Gallery, Lexington Kentucky.
HM The Queen, HRH The Prince of Wales, HM The Sultan of Oman, Prince Khalid Bin Abdullah, The Duke of Devonshire, The Marchioness of Tavistock, Lady Bamford, Lord Howard De Walden, Lord Vestey, Lord Weinstock, Mr Paul Mellon (USA), Mr Jock Whitney (USA), Mr Frank Stronach (Canada), Mr Kerry Packer (Australia), Mr John Magnier, Mr Lester Piggott.
1972 The Tryon Gallery
1980 The Tryon Gallery
2001 The Tryon & Swann Gallery
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