Artwork Title: The Landlady's Daughter

The Landlady's Daughter, 1928

Mark Gertler

The landlady’s daughter was Iris Bruce, the daughter of Gertler’s ‘boon’ landlady, Mrs Bruce, a former housekeeper in a stately home and a legendary cook, with whom Gertler lodged happily at 19 Worsley Road, Hampstead, from 1923 until his marriage in 1930. ‘Never,’ observed Beatrice Campbell (later Lady Glenavy), ‘was a lodger more assiduously cared for’ than was Gertler by Mrs Bruce (her maternal care even extended to following him to the station with his paints when he once set off without them on a holiday to Lyme Regis). When he was short of money in 1924, she preferred to reduce his rent rather than lose him. Gertler later told a friend that he looked back on these days as the happiest of his life. The Landlady’s Daughter, which uses a similar composition and technique to Gertler’s portraits of Natalie Denny painted in the same year, was later exhibited at the Leicester Galleries in March 1928 as Portrait of a ... (
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