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Woman reclining on a beach

Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and the changing status of women in the 1920s

CB Gulley (active 1920s)

Repose c.1923

RCIN 927045

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Full length nude female figure, seated on curving marble seat, the circular bath to L at floor level.

Matania, 'Nude woman at a marble bath' ©

In contrast to the warm sensuality of Matania’s classical subject, Catherine Gulley’s nude appears a little uncomfortable and chilled as she reclines awkwardly on the cold rocks of a British beach. In common with the watercolour on the right, it is likely that this miniature watercolour was based upon a life drawing, scaled-down and transposed from the artist’s studio to an exterior setting.