Henry Payne (1868 - 1940):
The Letter Reader, 1935
Framed (ref: 474)
Signed and dated, titled on the reverse
Pastel on buff paper
17.3 x 13 in. (44 x 33 cm)
Provenance: he Fine Art Society
Literature: Llewellyn, Sacha, and Paul Liss. Portrait of an Artist. Liss Llewellyn, 2021, p.139.
This possibly shows the artist’s daughter at St Loe’s House, the family home and studio in Amberley, Gloucestershire. The gilded tablet to the right might well be the work of Edith Payne, Henry’s wife, who was a watercolourist and gilder. The composition is closely related to the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum’s watercolour The Reader 1933, which shows the same solitary sitter in a similar setting, viewed from behind and reading.