Campbell, Helen McDougall (English)
T. More, Esq., pencil, signed/inscribed l/l, exhibition label verso,
8" x 7" sight, matted.
About the Drawing: Very good condition; unframed. The drawing is very faint, but this appears to be the style of the artist and not fading - as I've seen another of her works listed that was similarly pale or faint in tone (Miss Helen MCD Campbell RA (exh. 1935-40) - 'Lt Col. H. Pirie Gordon', pencil portrait study, signed and dated 1957, 28x21 cm.). Two pencil drawings (Sir Edward Denison Ross and Sir Alexander Fleming), similar to this listing, are in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London, dated 1939 and 1944 respectively. NPG drawings and this one bear the same signature and are, no doubt, by the same hand.
About the Artist: Mid-20th Century portrait painter listing her address as 4 Joudert Studios, Jubilee Place, Chelsea, London S.W.3 - the same address listed on the label of this painting which was exhibited at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in or after 1938. Miss Helen McDougall Campbell applied on December 16, 1939 to the War Artists' Advisory Committee for a contract, but was unsuccessful (along with nearly 1500 other artists, many of whom would achieve considerable success after the War).
A pair of oil paintings by this artist, signed and dated 1951, was offered at auction by Gildings Auctioneers, Market Harborough on 15 May 2012. They were professionally competent and attractive paintings of Lieutenant General Sir Arthur Smith and his wife Monica, Lady Smith.
Thistle Fine Art
Rockport, MA 01966