signed and dated '52,
tempera on board,
35 x 23cm.
Provenance: Sothebys, 19th September 1979, lot 231. Item 453 in the artist's catalogue raisonne .
This work depicting two female lovers comes from an interesting period in Armstrong's life. His second wife, Veronica, was bi-sexual and in 1955 their marriage broke down, and she subsequently became involved with her neighbour and female lover Francis (Frankie) Freeth. Prior to that she was cared for in the home in Lamorna, Cornwall, by a young nurse Jeanne Whitecross, who was also gay, although there is no known romantic engagement known between the two women. We may therefore speculate that this work by Armstrong is influenced by the conflict of Veronica's own sexuality.
Our gratitude to Jonathan Gibbs, co-author of the Armstrong catalogue raisonne, for his assistance with the cataloguing of this work.
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