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Helen Bradley; Thomas Bradley

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Helen Bradley; Thomas Bradley

by Mayotte Magnus
colour print on card mount, March 1977
11 3/4 in. x 15 in. (300 mm x 382 mm)
Purchased, 1977
Photographs Collection
NPG x18650

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  • Mayotte Magnus (1934-), Photographer; wife of Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski. Artist of 82 portraits, Sitter in 2 portraits.

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Louise Broughton

15 March 2020, 21:01

Tom and Helen were great friends of my parents, and we used to visit them at Rose Cottage in Cartmel when I was a child of around 6 to 8.
Tom painted two lovely pastel portraits of my mother ( now 98) and me ( now 65.) He later painted the same portrait of me in Oils which was exhibited at Grange Rose show in around 1962. My father just managed to loosed said portrait from the captain of the QE2 ( so the story goes) who was buying it for his suite. We still have all 3 portraits which in our home. How I wish we had one of Helen’s originals! She tried to sell my father an oil painting of a graveyard in moonlight for a fiver, probably worth a few thousand now. My father declined, saying it was “ bloody depressing Helen”!
Helen was a superb cook and made delicious scones. Lovely lovely couple. Sadly Tom went blind in his later years and we lost touch when they moved I think, to Cheshire?

Mrs Christine Bennett

20 January 2019, 20:04

Thomas Bradley did a portrait of myself in pastels in 1962. My father Fred Haworth was president of the Blackpool and Fylde Art Society that year and asked Mr Bradley to open the annual exhibition. He did on condition he could do a portrait of myself and display it in the exhibition to show the wonderful likeness of myself as I attended the opening of the exhibition. He then gave me the portrait as a present. It still hangs in my hall today 56 years later.

Casper Bradley

20 August 2018, 17:43

Helen and Thomas was my great grandparents

Peter Baddeley

16 July 2017, 20:38

I grew up in the village of Cartmel (then North Lancashire) in the 1950's. Tom Bradley was an established artist who asked my mother (who owned the local hotel) if he could undertake a pastel portrait of my younger sister and exhibit it in the main dining room presumably to excite interest. We never knew that that his wife Helen's fame would eclipse his! My sister still has her portrait.

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