Mary Fedden painting sells for £23,750

Image above: The Fish Pot

Mary Fedden and Julian Trevelyan – the original ‘Artists At Home’

A painting by Chiswick artist Mary Fedden has been sold at Chiswick Auctions for £23,750. The painting, The Fish Pot, went for considerably more than expected in the Modern British and Irish Art sale on 29 March.

The pre-sale guide price was £10k – £15. A second painting, Still Life with Milk Jug, sold for £7,500. Its guide price was £7k – £10k.

Mary and her husband Julian Trevelyan started the tradition of open studios in Chiswick and Hammersmith, ‘Artists At Home‘, which is celebrating its fiftieth year this year.

A painter in the Britisn Modernist tradition, Mary was the first woman tutor to teach at Royal College of Art, where David Hockey, Patrick Caulfield, Allen Jones and R.B. Kitaj were all pupils.

Originally from Bristol, she studied at the Slade School of Art and moved to Chiswick in 1949 to live with Julian at Durham Wharf on Chiswick Mall, where she continued to paint until she died, aged 96, in 2012.

Image above: Still Life with Milk Jug

‘Playful, whimsical subject matter’

Chiswick Auctions describe her work as: ‘characterized by bold, bright colours, simplified forms, and playful, whimsical subject matter, it is particularly admired for its sense of joy and optimism.

‘Her work often featured still-life objects, landscapes, and animals, and was deeply influenced by her travels in Italy and France.’

Still Life with Milk Jug has a guide price of £7k – £10k. The Fish Pot is advertised at £10k – £15.

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