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Patricia Marion Fogarty - Contemporary Watercolour, "A Few Green Leaves"

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Patricia Marion Fogarty - Original Contemporary Watercolour. Inscribed on the reverse. Illustration for novel "A Few Green Leaves" by Barbara Pym. Unsigned. In fine condition.

Pat Fogarty (1940-1999) was an illustrator whose drawings and watercolours appeared regularly in newspapers, magazines, books, and in national advertising campaigns - in every size and context, from billboards to brochures to ginger-beer labels.

Born in 1940, in Cape Province, South Africa, she was brought up in remotest Namibia where her father farmed; her grandfather Nelson Wellesley Fogarty was the first Anglican bishop of Damaraland. She developed a cinematic knowledge and delight in film-star glamour absorbed from the local hotel's Saturday film shows. After boarding school in Port Elizabeth, she studied art at Port Elizabeth Technical College from 1959 to 1962.

To escape apartheid she left for Europe and next followed a peripatetic decade in France, England and the Greek island Skiathos. She gradually acquired artwork commissions, and in 1981 she settled in north London and consolidated her career as a self-employed illustrator. Her clients included Penguin, The Daily Telegraph and Reader's Digest; she also produced more than a hundred illustrations in a two-year project for Tesco.

Her skill at creating a likeness led to commissions such as Penguin’s cover portraits of John Mortimer for “Clinging to the Wreckage” and “In Character”. Evocative restaurant interiors and still-lifes enhanced restaurant and food columns.

With friends cast as nurses, pensioners or romantic heroes, based on research and photographs, her work was versatile, honest, precise and confident.


30.7 x 22.1cm (12.1" x 8.7")

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Code mm498
Artist Patricia Marion Fogarty
Date Contemporary
Dimensions 30.7 x 22.1cm
Framed No
Medium Watercolour
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