[Vaucluse House stables, 1953] / Len Bourne
Bourne, Len, 1909-2005 (Leonard England)
1 painting : watercolour on card ; 34 x 26 cm.
Signed and dated lower left: 'L.Bourne / 53.
This picture was given to Mrs Marjorie Gilmour (nee Dennison) in the 1950s when she was a neighbour of the Bournes in Cambridge Avenue, Vaucluse. It was one of a series of views of the Vaucluse area painted during regular Sunday morning classes run by the artist Douglas Pratt (1900-1972) for a group of 20 or so aspiring local painters. Pratt and Bourne had enjoyed a long association: they had met at Sydney Technical College, where Pratt was tutoring, in the 1930s and renewed their acquaintance after the war. Bourne had always been interested in sketching and in the 1930s frequently took pencils and paper on bush-walking trips to the Blue Mountains. He was encouraged to try watercolour painting by Pratt in the 1950s.
Gift of Mrs Marjorie Gilmour, Pymble.
Copyright estate of the artist