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20th December 2023

The Artist's Wife (1933, Tate) by Henry Lamb (1883-1960), with the jug of winter pansies and forced hyacinths, more books on the table and shelves, and a large armchair, exudes warmth and comfort. It conveys the unselfconsciousness of a reader who is engrossed in a good book. She is holding a sizeable volume, perhaps something extremely readable such as Greenbanks ('Choice of the Book Society’ in the summer of 1932), or highly entertaining such as the classic Diary of a Provincial Lady (1930).

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