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In search of Jimmy, the “twin brother” of Eva Bradshaw’s Italian Boy

- October 30th, 2012

Italian Boy by Eva Bradshaw c

The Italian Boy, painted by Eva Bradshaw c. 1936-1938. Courtesy of a private collector

Here is a #ldnont art history mystery with some excellent clues . . . look at the painting here called Italian Boy &  think about its subject, a young boy of Italian parents. While living in London from the ages of 12 to 15, he posed for Eva Bradshaw. In another painting, he’s wearing a blue, woolly sweater and (as here) a white shirt. JBNBlog is helping efforts to find that work which is  titled Jimmy.

It would have been painted by the renowned London artist Eva Bradshaw (1871-1938)  about the same time, c. 1936-1938, as Italian Boy. The subject’s family moved from London then & Bradshaw died that year.

Jimmy was apparently owned by the family of the late John K. Elliott, stalwart editor of The London Free Press. The painting was in their apartment in the old Buckingham Apartments building, 514 Dundas St. (It has since been demolished so that the space could become the parking lot of  Needham’s funeral home.)

Jimmy was part of the old London art gallery’s Bradshaw retrospective in 1970, when its owners were listed as “Mr. and Mrs.   Eliot.”

Apparently, Eva Bradshaw’s studio was also in the Buckingham apartments and she may have lived their rent-free, thanks to the support of a patron or possibly the landlord.

Many of the Elliotts’ Bradshaws were acquired by Museum London . . . but Jimmy isn’t one of them. Italian Boy was apparently owned by a woman who lived on Cheapside St. for many years, but it was then acquired by the present owner.

For the usual prizes, help JBNBlog find Jimmy . . .  and let’s see if we can’t reunite him with his “twin,” Italian Boy.

 

 

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