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Helen Bradley Sold at Auction Prices

Painter, b. 1900 - d. 1979

Helen Bradley is a painter who only began creating when she was 65 because she wanted to show her grandchildren what her British childhood looked like. Early Helen Bradley paintings consisted of oil paintings created from written memories of her Edwardian upbringing, often featuring herself, family, and friends. Her later works became less realistic and more fantastical, based more on her childhood stories than memories. Helen Bradley prints, usually signed by the artist, feature her unique style with 2D figures that have no shadows and the use of abundant shades of color.

Painter Helen Bradley's work was first exhibited locally, then in London and abroad in Los Angeles and beyond. She became internationally famous and was featured on many talk shows, and audiences were charmed by her grandma-esque presence. Her pictures inspired the Miss Carter books. Find other charming oil paintings for sale online and at auction by browsing Invaluable.

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          • Helen Bradley Acoma Pottery Bird Figurines
            Apr. 06, 2024

            Helen Bradley Acoma Pottery Bird Figurines

            Est: -

            Largest Measures 6” X 5” X 4”. All In Good Condition. Tm6551 Ka

            EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
          • Helen Bradley (1900-1979)
            Apr. 03, 2024

            Helen Bradley (1900-1979)

            Est: £100 - £200

            Helen Bradley (1900-1979) 'Blackpool Station' coloured print, signed in pencil with blind stamp, 37cm x 55cm, mounted and framed, 59 x 76cm; together with Helen Bradley 'Miss Carter Came with Us' (2) Condition Report: Some stains to the mount. Some browning to the edges.

            Sworders
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going to Bailey's Pot Shop oil on canvas laid on
            Mar. 21, 2024

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going to Bailey's Pot Shop oil on canvas laid on

            Est: £30,000 - £50,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going to Bailey's Pot Shop oil on canvas laid on board 17 7⁄8 x 25 7⁄8 in. (45.3 x 65.7 cm.)

            Christie's
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD
            Feb. 16, 2024

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD

            Est: £200 - £400

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENODOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left); signed and titled (to artist's label verso)18.5 x 20cm (7¼ x 7¾ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descentPlease note measurements do not include the frame unless otherwise stated.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • Helen Bradley. 26
            Dec. 27, 2023

            Helen Bradley. 26

            Est: -

            Gouache on paper. Signed in the lower right corner.

            Duran Arte y Subastas
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD
            Dec. 08, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD

            Est: £400 - £600

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENODOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left); signed and titled (to artist's label verso)18.5 x 20cm (7¼ x 7¾ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descentPlease note measurements do not include the frame unless otherwise stated.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), THE OLD MILL FARM
            Dec. 08, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), THE OLD MILL FARM

            Est: £300 - £500

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)THE OLD MILL FARMOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left); signed and titled (to artist's label verso)18 x 26.5cm (7 x 10¼ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descentPlease note measurements do not include the frame unless otherwise stated.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) It was the Afternoon of Christmas Day 38.2 x 55.9 cm. (15 x 22 in.)
            Nov. 22, 2023

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) It was the Afternoon of Christmas Day 38.2 x 55.9 cm. (15 x 22 in.)

            Est: £7,000 - £10,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) It was the Afternoon of Christmas Day signed and dated 'HELEN BRADLEY/1972' and with fly insignia (lower right) and titled 'It was the Afternoon of Christmas Day' (verso); further signed, inscribed and dated again 'It was the Afternoon of Christmas Day/Grandma said that she thought we/should give the Birds a special treat,/so Alice came with George and I/through the snow into the Enchanted/Garden where we gave the Birds their crumbs/so they should have a good feed before/Dusk came bringing more snow/and a sharp frost and the year was/1906/Helen Layfield Bradley 1972.' (on an artist's label attached to the backboard) watercolour 38.2 x 55.9 cm. (15 x 22 in.)

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Mumps Station, Wakes Week 50.4 x 76.2 cm. (19 3/4 x 30 in.)
            Nov. 22, 2023

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Mumps Station, Wakes Week 50.4 x 76.2 cm. (19 3/4 x 30 in.)

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Mumps Station, Wakes Week signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower left); further signed, titled and dated 'It is Oldham Wakes and/we are off to Grandfathers/at Blackpool (Mumps/Station)/(the year 1907)/Helen Layfield Bradley/1966' (on an artist's label attached verso) oil on canvas laid on board 50.4 x 76.2 cm. (19 3/4 x 30 in.)

            Bonhams
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)), ALL DAY WE WENT TO NEW BRIGHTON
            Oct. 25, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)), ALL DAY WE WENT TO NEW BRIGHTON

            Est: £20,000 - £30,000

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)ALL DAY WE WENT TO NEW BRIGHTONOil on canvas-boardSigned (lower right) and with fly motif (lower left); further signed, titled, inscribed and dated 1969 (to artist's label verso)40.5 x 50.5cm (15¾ x 19¾ in.)Provenance:A commission from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descentThe present work features the metal and latticed tower at New Brighton, which was opened sometime between 1898 and 1900 and stood until it was dismantled in 1919. The tower was designed to rival nearby Blackpool Tower and be part of a wider leisure development of the area. At the time, New Brighton Tower was the tallest building in Great Britain, standing at 173 metres. The tower was closed at the beginning of the First World War and subsequently suffered from neglect, being declared unsafe with demolition beginning in 1919.

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD
            Oct. 25, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENOD

            Est: £500 - £700

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)PENNY BRIDGE NEAR GREENODOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left); signed and titled (to artist's label verso)18.5 x 20cm (7¼ x 7¾ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descent

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), THE OLD MILL FARM
            Oct. 25, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), THE OLD MILL FARM

            Est: £600 - £800

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)THE OLD MILL FARMOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left); signed and titled (to artist's label verso)18 x 26.5cm (7 x 10¼ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descent

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), WAITING FOR THE TIDE, ARNSIDE
            Oct. 25, 2023

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979), WAITING FOR THE TIDE, ARNSIDE

            Est: £400 - £600

            λ HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)WAITING FOR THE TIDE, ARNSIDEOil on boardSigned with fly motif (lower left), signed and titled (to artist's label verso)13 x 17cm (5 x 6½ in.)Provenance:Acquired directly from the artist by the family of the present ownerThence by descent

            Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Friday Night along Lees Road oil on canvas laid o
            Oct. 19, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Friday Night along Lees Road oil on canvas laid o

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Friday Night along Lees Road oil on canvas laid on board 18 ½ x 22 ½ in. (47 x 57.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Oh, What a Pity it's Starting to Snow oil on canv
            Oct. 19, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Oh, What a Pity it's Starting to Snow oil on canv

            Est: £30,000 - £50,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Oh, What a Pity it's Starting to Snow oil on canvas laid on board 24 x 28 in. (61 x 71.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Poor Aunt Charlotte Blushed as She Sang oil on ca
            Oct. 19, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Poor Aunt Charlotte Blushed as She Sang oil on ca

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Poor Aunt Charlotte Blushed as She Sang oil on canvas laid on board 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • Helen Bradley (1900-1979), figures on a street in the snow, print in colours, signed in pencil and with inscri
            Sep. 20, 2023

            Helen Bradley (1900-1979), figures on a street in the snow, print in colours, signed in pencil and with inscri

            Est: £100 - £200

            Helen Bradley (1900-1979), figures on a street in the snow, print in colours, signed in pencil and with inscription from the artist verso, 16" x 22" (40 x 56cm).

            John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
          • § HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH, 1900-1979)
            Jul. 04, 2023

            § HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH, 1900-1979)

            Est: £20,000 - £30,000

            § HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH, 1900-1979) HELEN BRADLEY (BRITISH, 1900-1979) On Saturday Evenings Mother Sang signed with fly insignia (lower right); further signed, inscribed and dated 'On Saturday Evenings Mother Sang-/"Her Father he has locked the door/Her Mother Keeps the Key/but neither locks nor bolts/Shall part my own true love from me-/george and I, aunt Mary and the dogs are/waiting for Father to say "Ho, ho, Jane you/ are wrong". "Was I Frederick", Mother said/with a twinkle in her eye, knowing/Father couldn't play that bit on his violin,/Then Grandmother awoke and said-/"Come, let us all sing Excelsior-/and the year was 1906-/Helen Layfield Bradley (1966)' (on a label attached to the backboard) oil on canvasboard 50.8 x 60.9 cm. (20 x 24 in.) Provenance With Mercury Gallery, London, 4 January 1967, where acquired by the present owner Helen Bradley was a British artist known for her charming and nostalgic paintings depicting scenes from her childhood and early 20th-century life in Lancashire, England. She gained popularity later in life when her artwork captured the attention of the public and art collectors. Born Helen Layfield in Lees, Lancashire, England, Bradley discovered her passion for painting at a young age. However, it wasn't until the 1960s, in her sixties, that she began to receive recognition for her work. Her paintings captured the essence of a bygone era, showcasing the simplicity, innocence, and charm of village life in the early 1900s. Bradley's paintings often feature children, country landscapes, and domestic scenes, painted in a whimsical and detailed style. She used soft colours, delicate brushwork, and a sense of narrative storytelling to evoke a sense of nostalgia and warmth. One of her most well-known works is ‘The Visit of the Tooth Fairy’ which depicts a child eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Tooth Fairy in her bedroom. This painting and many others captured the imagination of the public and resonated with those who longed for a simpler time. Helen Bradley's popularity grew throughout the 1970s, and her paintings were exhibited in galleries across Great Britain. Her work was also reproduced as prints, which made her art accessible to a wider audience. After her death in 1979, her legacy continued, and her artwork remains beloved by many collectors and enthusiasts of nostalgic and narrative art. ARR

            Chiswick Auctions
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Great Aunt Jane Telling a Story 33.3 x 24 cm. (13 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)
            Jun. 21, 2023

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Great Aunt Jane Telling a Story 33.3 x 24 cm. (13 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

            Est: £8,000 - £12,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Great Aunt Jane Telling a Story signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower left); titled 'Gt Aunt Jane telling a Story' (on a studio label attached to the verso); inscribed ''Oh look George, if Great Aunt Jane hasnt gone to/sleep again, just when she was getting to the/nicest part.' She was telling us a most beautiful/story about God who has just come to live/quite near to her, in a shed on the lonely moor/near Harts Head Pike. Mother said, 'Hush children/let Great Aunt Jane sleep, she's getting very old./She's only having a little cat-nap and will soon/waken'; so George and I sat very still and soon/she opened her eyes and said, 'Dear me, children, I/must have just dropped off, where was I', and she/went on to tell us that God would order the 'Thing'/which lived on the moors, and if it saw children, it would/bite them, I know God would say to it, 'Be off with you',/and it would run over the hill to Mossley. When/we were going home down the lonely lane, George said that/he could hear it coming, but I wasnt afraid because I/knew God was near and would look after me, and the year was/1906.' (on an artist's label attached to the verso) oil on canvas board 33.3 x 24 cm. (13 1/8 x 9 3/8 in.)

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Funeral of a Little Girl was Passing By 47 x 107 cm. (18 1/2 x 42 1/8 in.)
            Jun. 21, 2023

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Funeral of a Little Girl was Passing By 47 x 107 cm. (18 1/2 x 42 1/8 in.)

            Est: £20,000 - £30,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Funeral of a Little Girl was Passing By signed with fly insignia (upper left); titled and dated 'The Funeral of a Little/Girl was passing by./1907.' (on a label attached to the verso) oil on canvas laid on board 47 x 107 cm. (18 1/2 x 42 1/8 in.)

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Frozen River, Winter 31.8 x 42.8 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 7/8 in.)
            Jun. 21, 2023

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Frozen River, Winter 31.8 x 42.8 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 7/8 in.)

            Est: £18,000 - £25,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Frozen River, Winter signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower left); further signed, dated and inscribed 'The Frozen River, Winter/after Van der Neer 1640/Helen Layfield Bradley/1975.' (on an artist's label attached to the verso) oil on board 31.8 x 42.8 cm. (12 1/2 x 16 7/8 in.)

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley - Two signed prints of the English Countryside. H30 W39
            May. 28, 2023

            Helen Bradley - Two signed prints of the English Countryside. H30 W39

            Est: $100 - $150

            Helen Bradley - Two signed prints of the English Countryside. H30 W39

            Christian McCann Auctions
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going home from Great Aunt Jane's oil on canvas l
            Mar. 22, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going home from Great Aunt Jane's oil on canvas l

            Est: £15,000 - £25,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going home from Great Aunt Jane's oil on canvas laid on board 16 x 18 in. (40.8 x 45.7 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) On the Front, Blackpool oil on canvas laid on boa
            Mar. 22, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) On the Front, Blackpool oil on canvas laid on boa

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) On the Front, Blackpool oil on canvas laid on board 24 x 32 in. (61 x 81.3 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Hollinwood Market oil on canvas laid on board 20
            Mar. 22, 2023

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Hollinwood Market oil on canvas laid on board 20

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Hollinwood Market oil on canvas laid on board 20 x 30 in. (50.6 x 76.2 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going Home Through Alexandra Park HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Going Home Th
            Oct. 20, 2022

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going Home Through Alexandra Park HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Going Home Th

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Going Home Through Alexandra Park HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Going Home Through Alexandra Park/ signed with a fly (lower right); signed again, inscribed and dated 'Going home through the park on a Winter's Evening./George, I, Mother, Grandma and the dogs (Gyp & Barney)/went to meet aunt Frances & aunt Charlotte in/the Park. They had already met Miss Carter (who wore Pink) and the three ladies were skating/along when they saw Mr Taylor (the Bank Manager)./"How kind dear Mr Taylor is" said mother to Grandma, "but look isn't that the Rev Albert Green walking/across the lee towards Charlotte & she's turning/towards him"-"I wonder if anything will come of it,"/but George & I had something much more interesting/to think about, all the ducks came across the ice/asking for food, and all the Japanese lanterns/were lit and everything looked like Fairyland &/the year was 1907./ Helen Layfield Bradley 1970' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard) oil on canvas laid on board 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm.) Painted in 1970.

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) The Morning After the Royal Visit to Manchester HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
            Oct. 20, 2022

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) The Morning After the Royal Visit to Manchester HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) The Morning After the Royal Visit to Manchester HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /The Morning After the Royal Visit to Manchester/ signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with a fly (lower right), inscribed 'On the morning after the Royal Visit to Manchester/I remembered asking Grandma to invite the Queen/to tea, because Grandma happened to say that she/was sure the Queen must be tired having to wait/so long for her dinner. It was ten minutes to one when/she and the King passed where we were standing and/they had to drive all round Manchester to stop/at the Town Hall. We were already very hungry, so I thought it a/good idea to ask the Queen to visit Grandma and/have a cup of tea, so when I awoke the next morning/I asked Mother if I could go to Grandma's, Mother saw/me across the road and there was Grandma in her front/garden, "Grandma," I said, "Did the Queen come to Tea yesterday."/"Now," she said, "you must go and ask Aunt Mary" So I dashed/into the kitchen, "Aunt Mary." I cried, "Did the Queen come to/Tea." "Yes my dear," she said, "and she said Aunt Mary/how do you make Yorkshire Pudding," so whilst she drank/her tea I showed her how I make it because there is a secret/and the day was the 14th of July 1905.' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard) oil on canvas 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm.)

            Christie's
          • HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Happy Land HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Happy Land/ signed with a fly (lower
            Oct. 20, 2022

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Happy Land HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Happy Land/ signed with a fly (lower

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Happy Land HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) /Happy Land/ signed with a fly (lower left), signed again, inscribed and dated 'There was a Happy Land, Far Far away…/Sang Albert, the new Curate and Miss Smith, who/urged the Children from the Mount Pleasant Mission to sing with all their might, but the Children wanted to begin the Treat straight away with the Tea, and/then the Races and sweets. All the Ladies from/Leesfield had helped to make it a Day to/Remember. Aunt Frances and Aunt Charlotte are/seeing that everyone gets a mug of Tea. Miss Carter (who/wore Pink) came, but did not bring her apron, so she/looked after our dogs, Gyp and Barney. Mother is also/helping, but is rather anxious lest George & I go/near the poor children, especially one little boy who has/put up his hand saying "Please Miss, I feel sick."/"Dear me," said Mother "what shall we do with him," but/we found out that the poor little boy hadn't had/anything to eat all day and had come over faint,/and the year was 1907/ Helen Layfield Bradley 1971.' (on the artist's label attached to the backboard) oil on canvas 22 x 32 in. (55.9 x 81.3 cm.) Painted in 1971.

            Christie's
          • Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979) British, 'Autumn', colour print, signed in pencil and with blind stamp, 9"
            Oct. 05, 2022

            Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979) British, 'Autumn', colour print, signed in pencil and with blind stamp, 9"

            Est: £40 - £60

            Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979) British, 'Autumn', colour print, signed in pencil and with blind stamp, 9" x 12" (23 x 30cm).

            John Nicholson's Fine Art Auctioneers & Valuers
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Queen Alexandra 53.4 x 30.5 cm. (21 x 15 in.) (including the painted mount)
            Sep. 28, 2022

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Queen Alexandra 53.4 x 30.5 cm. (21 x 15 in.) (including the painted mount)

            Est: £12,000 - £18,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Queen Alexandra signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with monogram (lower right) oil on board 53.4 x 30.5 cm. (21 x 15 in.) (including the painted mount) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Snowing at the Wedding
            Sep. 23, 2022

            Snowing at the Wedding

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            Helen Bradley 1900 - 1979 Snowing at the Wedding signed HELEN BRADLEY (lower right); signed Helen Layfield Bradley, dated 1975 and inscribed with description (on a label attached to the backboard) watercolour and gouache on paper unframed: 25.5 by 30.5cm.; 10 by 12in. framed: 46.5 by 50cm.; 18¼ by 19¾in. Executed in 1975.  Bid on Sotheby's

            Sotheby's
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Still Life of Flowers
            Jul. 13, 2022

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Still Life of Flowers

            Est: £1,000 - £1,500

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Still Life of Flowers signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower left) oil on board 26.5 x 27cm (10 7/16 x 10 5/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) 'And what' said Bruce Sharman, 'is your Aunt saying to Miss Carter' 45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)
            Jun. 22, 2022

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) 'And what' said Bruce Sharman, 'is your Aunt saying to Miss Carter' 45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.)

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) 'And what' said Bruce Sharman, 'is your Aunt saying to Miss Carter' inscribed with fly monogram (lower left); further signed, inscribed and dated ''and what' said Bruce Sharman, 'is your Aunt saying to/Miss Carter (who wore Pink) ... 'Ha', I said, 'how I/remember poor Miss Carter turning pale at the/thought of Grandpa rowing us all back across/Windermere to the station at Lake Side'/'Dont worry', said Aunt Frances, 'you'll be quite alright'/and Mother gave her a comforting pat, 'but what/a pity', said Aunt Mary & Aunt Charlotte', the/mist hasnt cleared'. Grandpa & Grandma had/taken us for a days outing from Blackpool/and while at Town Head, he bought a pony/called Zober for us and the year was 1907./Helen Layfield Bradley. July 26th. 1970.' (on a label attached verso) oil on canvas laid on board 45.7 x 61 cm. (18 x 24 in.) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979-
            May. 25, 2022

            Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979-

            Est: £12,000 - £18,000

            Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979- On a warm spring day in May, 1972; watercolour on paper, signed and dated lower right 'Helen Bradley 1972', 26.5 x 36 cm (ARR) Provenance: with W.H. Patterson Fine Arts Ltd., London; private collection Note: The work is inscribed on the reverse, 'On a warm Spring day in May Grandpa took mother, the aunts, Mrs Carter (who wore pink), Mr Taylor (the Bank Manager) and, as a special treat, George and I, with him to visit an old friend who had a farm on the shore of Lake Windermere. A man took us across the lake in a boat and would row us back as soon as Grandpa was ready, but although we had taken a picnic lunch we dare not settle down to enjoy it. There were cows slowly snaking their way through a gate into our field thank goodness Grandpa came, just in time to get us safely back across the lake and the year was 1908. Helen Layfield Bradley 1972.' In the 1960s, Bradley met L.S. Lowry, who inspired her to pursue her dream of painting professionally, even though the artist was in her 60s at the time. Bradley quickly found international success, painting her childhood memories in a naïve style, appearing on television and illustrating a series of novels in the 1970s, starting with 'And Miss Carter Wore Pink: Scenes from an Edwardian Childhood,' which became bestsellers around the world. Please refer to department for condition report

            Roseberys
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Photographer
            Apr. 13, 2022

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Photographer

            Est: £800 - £1,200

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) The Photographer signed, signed with fly insignia and inscribed 'Helen Bradley/Nellie Bly.' (lower right); further dedicated and inscribed 'To Bruce/This is Harry Clegg who was Keen on Photography/and Father used to ask him to come to tea/and Photograph Mother, George + Me. But, Oh, what/a time it took waiting for the Bird to come out/and flap its wings and say Cheep, Cheep./I fell asleep standing up.' (on sheet verso) felt-tip and ball-point pen on paper 21.5 x 24.5cm (8 7/16 x 9 5/8in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979 - Look at our Willie's new clothes, 1971; oil on canvas bo
            Nov. 18, 2021

            Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979 - Look at our Willie's new clothes, 1971; oil on canvas bo

            Est: £12,000 - £18,000

            Helen Bradley MBE, British 1900–1979 - Look at our Willie's new clothes, 1971; oil on canvas board, 32 x 39.3 cm (ARR) Provenance: The Geoffrey and Fay Elliot collection. Mercury Gallery, London (according to the label on the reverse); Mr and Mrs Stephen King, purchased from the above in 1971 (according to the label on the reverse); Christie's, London, Modern British Art, 20th June 1996, lot 123 (label on the reverse); private collection; thence by descent Note: The work is inscribed on the reverse, ' "Look at our Willie's new clothes" cried that dreadful Annie Murgatroyd when we met on our afternoon walk through the cemetery. Mrs Murgatroyd and Annie were also in new clothes, and since their Uncle had come to live with them, their Mother no longer went out cleaning. When George and I caught up with Mother, Grandma, Miss Carter (who wore pink) and the Aunts, they were all busy talking about Willie's Uncle, and although they talked and talked about him, for days they could not remember an Uncle of the name of Edward in the family. Still he took them all to Blackpool, for Lee's Wares and the year was 1907 . Helen Layfield Bradley 1971.' In the 1960s, Bradley met L.S. Lowry, who inspired her to pursue her dream of painting professionally, even though the artist was in her 60s at the time. Bradley quickly found international success, painting her childhood memories in a naïve style, appearing on television and illustrating a series of novels in the 1970s, starting with 'And Miss Carter Wore Pink: Scenes from an Edwardian Childhood,' which became bestsellers around the world. Held in a wooden frame, with painted slip, with minor scuff marks. Painted surface and canvas in very good, original condition.

            Roseberys
          • § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Blackpool Sands with Punch and Judy Show
            Oct. 29, 2021

            § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Blackpool Sands with Punch and Judy Show

            Est: £60,000 - £80,000

            § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Blackpool Sands with Punch and Judy Show signed with fly insignia (lower left), oil on canvas on board (75cm x 94cm (29.5in x 37in)) Exhibited: Windsor & Eton Fine Arts Co. Ltd, 1974; Bonhams, London, Modern British & Irish Art, 17 March 2010, Lot 13; Haynes Fine Art, Broadway. Footnote: '"Willie Murgatroyd", cried Miss Carter (who wore Pink) / "stop this minute" / George & I and the dogs Gyp & Barney, were at the back watching the Punch & Judy man. Willie & Annie Murgatroyd were there also, when all at once he lifted his spade and was about to whack the poor man when Miss Carter saw him. His mother rushed forward also, so I thought I had better get George back to mother and father before there was any trouble. They had stood at the back of the crowd to let Cousin Edward & Cousin Marion see the Punch & Judy show. Father held them up in turn. Mother, Aunt Charlotte & Aunt Frances were chatting when Aunt Frances noticed Bertie and Nellie Hope-Ainsworth standing near. "Look who's near you Jane", she said "Be careful what you say", for Nellie Hope Ainsworth listened to everyone's conversation and then passed it on to her mother who was enjoying the show. She was wearing her Parma Violet outfit. And the year was 1907 and it was late September at Blackpool. Helen Layfield Bradley 1971' (to label to reverse). When Helen Bradley’s grandchildren expressed curiosity about Edwardian-era life, she turned to her paintbrushes. Seeking to illustrate how much the world had changed, Bradley drew on her memories of her childhood in Oldham, painting scenes of townspeople going about their daily lives. Her grandchildren must have delighted at the unfamiliar Edwardian clothes, the stiff high-necked dresses, the suits and top hats. Yet Bradley’s paintings also touched on ideas that transcend the intervening decades: each is a celebration of family life and community, and is realised with a deep and earnest affection. The familial origins of Bradley’s artwork scarcely presupposed the phenomenal following she would garner in little more than five years. By the early 1970s, Bradley was an artist with an international reputation. Viewers delighted at the distinctive cast of characters that recur across her oeuvre, from the suited bank manager Mr. Taylor, to the now-famous Miss Carter, the family friend always clad in signature bubble-gum pink. The artist herself appears in many compositions as a child accompanied by her family and two pet dogs, Gyp and Barney. Bradley often drafted short narrative texts to accompany her paintings, further elucidating the memory she had felt compelled to paint. From 1965 until her death in 1979, Bradley’s fame increased, earning the artist an MBE and generating BBC and NBC documentaries about her life, and a Northern Ballet adaptation of her work. Yet, Bradley had only resumed a regular painting practice in the early 1960s. Her artistic talent was evident from an early age: at thirteen, she was awarded a scholarship to attend Oldham Art School. Later, when living in London, Bradley recalled being particularly taken with exhibitions of early Chinese painting and displays of Persian miniatures at the British Museum, perhaps an early indication of her predilection for art with the capacity to transport the viewer to another world. Also familiar is the approach to figures largely in-profile and rendered in vivid colour, as well as the strong narrative function. Unfortunately, with the outbreak of war Bradley's plans to pursue the arts were cut short. In 1926, she married the artist and textile designer John Bradley, and would not consistently paint again until her mid-sixties. It was a chance encounter with L.S. Lowry in the 1960s that encouraged Bradley to approach her painting as a personal document. Blackpool Sands with Punch and Judy Show likely dates to the early 1970s, and epitomises the artist’s ability to recall the past with playful tenderness, without succumbing to nostalgia. Bradley spent her childhood holidays in Blackpool where her grandparents lived, and they proved the most beloved and prolific of her childhood adventures. Brimming with the fun of the seaside - kite flying, donkey rides and Punch and Judy shows - Bradley’s works of Blackpool are perhaps her most iconic and charming works. They were generally painted on a larger scale than her other pictures, and this example is arguably one of the foremost examples of her Blackpool reminiscences. The composition evokes a leisurely family day at the beach punctuated by small moments of chaos: to the alarm of three onlooking children, a small boy brandishes a spade behind the Punch & Judy puppeteer, while Miss Carter rushes to intervene. Relishing in the poignancy of life’s quiet, incidental moments is quintessential Bradley.

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Oh! The Pot Market's Arrived
            Oct. 29, 2021

            § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Oh! The Pot Market's Arrived

            Est: £30,000 - £50,000

            § ◆ Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) Oh! The Pot Market's Arrived signed and with fly insignia (lower left), oil on canvas on board (39.7cm x 49.5cm (15.6in x 19.5in)) Provenance: MacConnal-Mason, London; Private Collection, UK. Footnote: 'Oh! The Pot Market's arrived. George and I were delighted. We knew that grandma, mother, the aunts and Miss Carter, (who wore Pink) would stop and look at all the Pots and buy something, although they hadn't brought bags with them, "Because", they said "the market's earlier than usual". The Pot Markets only came about once every six months and they were exciting. All the men showing their wares and some offering a huge clothes basket full of pots for very little money. We are on our way to visit Great Aunt Buckley who, alas, George and I didn't like, so by the time all the pots had been looked at and we'd walked quite a long way, there wouldn't be much time to spend at Great Aunt Buckley's and the year was 1907. Helen Layfield Bradley 1975' (to label to reverse).

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          • § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) One Glorious Day Spring Cleaning Began, 1971
            Oct. 29, 2021

            § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) One Glorious Day Spring Cleaning Began, 1971

            Est: £25,000 - £35,000

            § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) One Glorious Day Spring Cleaning Began, 1971 fly insignia (lower left), oil on canvas on board (38.5cm x 54cm (15.25in x 21.25in)) Footnote: 'The Glorious day Spring Cleaning began... Aunt Mary, Aunt Frances, Aunt Charlotte, also Miss Carter (who wore Pink) called at our house ready to start on Father's Room. Everyone was having a delightful time. Aunt Frances sat on the stepladder reading something that made them all laugh. They loved Father's books on the top shelf and they read so much with such joy that it took them a week to do out the bookcases, but just when everyone was thoroughly enjoying themselves including George & I who were building houses with books, young Sarah opened the door and announced Mrs Hope-Ainsworth. "Oh dear", said Miss Carter, dropping her books, "we've all got our aprons on", and the year was 1906. Helen Rayfield Bradley, 1971' (to label to reverse).

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) George and I Loved Going to Grandpa's at Blackpool for Christmas
            Oct. 29, 2021

            § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) George and I Loved Going to Grandpa's at Blackpool for Christmas

            Est: £15,000 - £25,000

            § Helen Bradley M.B.E. (British 1900-1979) George and I Loved Going to Grandpa's at Blackpool for Christmas signed and with fly insignia (lower right), oil on board (22.7cm x 30.5cm (9in x 12in)) Provenance: Willow Gallery, London; Private Collection, UK. Footnote: 'George and I loved going to Grandpa's at Blackpool for Christmas, and we loved it to snow, all the fields and little woods near to Grandpa's Farm looked like fairyland "but", said Mother "the birds don't like all this snow, it's very difficult for them to find their food", so we collected all the crumbs we could and every afternoon we set off with Miss Carter (who wore Pink) and Mr Taylor (The Bank Manager) and all the Birds were waiting for us and the year was 1906' (to label to reverse).

            Lyon & Turnbull
          • § HELEN LAYFIELD BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)
            Oct. 21, 2021

            § HELEN LAYFIELD BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979)

            Est: £100 - £200

            § HELEN LAYFIELD BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979) HELEN LAYFIELD BRADLEY (BRITISH 1900-1979) Lees Road, Oldham signed within the plate signed (lower right) and blindstamped (lower left) offset lithograph 29 x 38 cm

            Chiswick Auctions
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.)
            Sep. 29, 2021

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.)

            Est: £40,000 - £60,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower right); further signed, inscribed and dated ''Theyre off' called John Sam'els wife Florrie, who was/standing on a chair peeping through the Blind, but Martha/Higgingbottom who was also peeping was away counting/the neighbours who were following the Hearse. 'We cant/feed all that lot' said aunt Mary, who was away/stealing the ham. Mother wasnt thinking about the food/but great uncle Toms sideboard. 'I wonder who he's left it/too' she said, but aunt Annie (who was only an aunt by/marriage) said, 'Jane, youve enough furniture, I could do/ with that sideboard'. Just then Sarah's voice came from/upstairs, 'Everybody's making for the front gardens and/I can hear a bull bellowing', So mother, aunt Mary,/and aunt Frances rushed upstairs to see what was happening/sure enough, Joe Wroe the Butcher was so busy watching/great uncle Toms funeral that he forgot to fasten his bulls in,/so out they came and away they ran. Two were soon caught but/one ran down into Lees, and the thought of it deterred several people/ who were coming to the house for the funeral tea which made it/easier for mother and the aunts. Alas we didnt get the sideboard/and the year was 1909./Helen Layfield Bradley 1973.' (on a label attached to the backboard) oil on canvas laid on board 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979), Lancashire Sch...
            Aug. 06, 2021

            Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979), Lancashire Sch...

            Est: £60 - £80

            Helen Layfield Bradley (1900-1979), Lancashire School, Chromolithograph, Friday Walk by the River, A narrative scene described below: On Friday afternoons we went with Grandpa to the farm in St. Michaels. Grandpa liked to visit the Farmer and he bought apples, eggs and home cured ham. Mother, the Aunts, Miss Carter (who wore pink) and Mr Taylor (the Bank Manager), also George and I, and sometimes Mrs. Maitland and Emily liked to walk along the path besides the river. Mother said that if we walked along the path we were safe from cows, but, Oh dear, what ever shall we do, cried Miss Carter. Just look at those cows, how ever shall we get past them, but Mr. Taylor said, Come along, I've got my stick and we'll be alright. Mother said, after we were safely; past those cows, I don't know what we would do without Mr. Taylor, He's so very kind, and the year was 1906. Facsimile signature lower left, the description signed and dated 1977. Approx. 11" x 14 1/2"

            Claydon Auctioneers
          • § Attributed to Helen Layfield Bradley MBE (British 1900-1979)
            Jul. 29, 2021

            § Attributed to Helen Layfield Bradley MBE (British 1900-1979)

            Est: £500 - £800

            § Attributed to Helen Layfield Bradley MBE (British 1900-1979) Mum and Milly signed and dated with fly insignia 'Helen Bradley 1967' (lower right); titled and dated 79 to the reverse watercolour and gouache 15.5 x 21cm

            Cheffins
          • § HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)
            Jul. 08, 2021

            § HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979)

            Est: £800 - £1,200

            § HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) HELEN BRADLEY (1900-1979) Winter Snow signed with fly monogram (upper right), signed again and titled WINTER/SNOW/Helen Layfield Bradley (on the reverse) oil on board 80.3 x 120.7 cm (31 1/2 x 47 1/4 in) According to a label on the reverse of the work, Winter Snow was one of the first large scale works completed by Bradley. She was pleased with it and hung it in her bedroom, where it remained for the rest of her life. PROVENANCE: with Helen Bradley Prints, Bolton, where purchased by the present owner

            Chiswick Auctions
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.)
            Nov. 18, 2020

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.)

            Est: £70,000 - £100,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Uncle Tom's Funeral Procession signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower right); further signed, inscribed and dated ''Theyre off' called John Sam'els wife Florrie, who was/standing on a chair peeping through the Blind, but Martha/Higgingbottom who was also peeping was away counting/the neighbours who were following the Hearse. 'We cant/feed all that lot' said aunt Mary, who was away/stealing the ham. Mother wasnt thinking about the food/but great uncle Toms sideboard. 'I wonder who he's left it/too' she said, but aunt Annie (who was only an aunt by/marriage) said, 'Jane, youve enough furniture, I could do/ with that sideboard'. Just then Sarah's voice came from/upstairs, 'Everybody's making for the front gardens and/I can hear a bull bellowing', So mother, aunt Mary,/and aunt Frances rushed upstairs to see what was happening/sure enough, Joe Wroe the Butcher was so busy watching/great uncle Toms funeral that he forgot to fasten his bulls in,/so out they came and away they ran. Two were soon caught but/one ran down into Lees, and the thought of it deterred several people/ who were coming to the house for the funeral tea which made it/easier for mother and the aunts. Alas we didnt get the sideboard/and the year was 1909./Helen Layfield Bradley 1973.' (on a label attached to backboard) oil on canvas laid on board 60.3 x 151.5 cm. (23 3/4 x 59 5/8 in.) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) A Family Walk 26.5 x 18 cm. (10 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
            Nov. 18, 2020

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) A Family Walk 26.5 x 18 cm. (10 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) A Family Walk signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower right) oil on canvas laid on board 26.5 x 18 cm. (10 3/8 x 7 1/8 in.) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Lady in Yellow Dress 27 x 18 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)
            Nov. 18, 2020

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Lady in Yellow Dress 27 x 18 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.)

            Est: £10,000 - £15,000

            Helen Bradley (British, 1900-1979) Lady in Yellow Dress signed 'HELEN BRADLEY' and with fly insignia (lower right) oil on canvas laid on board 27 x 18 cm. (10 5/8 x 7 1/8 in.) For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
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