Leyton Crowley (1897-1986) - Mid 20th Century Oil, Edie, Wife of the Artist
DescriptionAn expressive and accomplished portrait by the artist of his wife, Edie Crowley (1903-1985). Artist's label on the verso. On canvas on stretchers.
There is some mild surface dirt, some surface marks, and some wear around the edges. There is a pinhole at the centre of the lower edge. Inspection under UV light reveals no restoration.
84.8 x 68cm (33.4" x 26.8")
Leyton Crowley (1897-1986) was born in Leytonstone, East London. He ran his first shop when he was about thirteen, a general second-hand/antique shop in Union Street Reading (which he later sold to Tesco's which was their first shop). He joined the Royal Navy Seamens Services and later became the Fleet Air Arm. After the war he continued wheeling and dealing in antiques and was becoming very inspired by painting, going off to places like Appledore, Devon with his fellow artist friend, George Washbrook for painting holidays, until his marriage in 1930 to Emily 'Edie' Soper at Ecchinswell, near Kingsclere. After the war they moved a couple of times and then bought Burgh Island and set it up as a self-catering holiday centre run by themselves, Michael and his wife, David, and friend of the family John Heffernon. After six years of hard work they sold the island and moved to Englefield Green, then to Reading then Burnham and finally to Devon. He and his wife were buried at Bulkworthy churchyard, Devon.
|Artist||Leyton Crowley (1897-1986)|
|Date||Mid 20th Century|
|Dimensions||84.8 x 68cm|
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