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Ronald Ossory Dunlop, 1894–1973
Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor
Materials & Techniques:
Gouache on medium, smooth, cream wove paper mounted on thick, slightly textured, beige board
Mount: 22 x 15 1/2 inches (55.9 x 39.4 cm), Sheet: 20 9/16 x 15 1/2 inches (52.3 x 39.3 cm)

signed in black gouache, lower right: "R Dunlop"; undated

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Bequest of Joseph F. McCrindle, Yale LLB 1948
Copyright Status:
© Estate of the Artist
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
duchess | earrings | portrait | royalty | woman
Associated People:
Windsor [née Warfield; other married names Spencer, Simpson], (Bessie) Wallis, duchess of Windsor (1896–1986), wife of Edward, duke of Windsor
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IIIF Manifest:

Wallis Simpson has gone down in history as being the twice-divorced American socialite for whom King Edward VIII abdicated the throne on December 10, 1936, in order to marry, six months later. This watercolor portrait of Simpson by the Irish artist Ronald Ossory Dunlop was likely painted around the time of the abdication crisis. Although largely forgotten today, Dunlop came to prominence in the 1930s following his first successful one-man show at the Redfern Gallery in London in 1929. During the ensuing decade, he produced many landscapes in oil and watercolor but also painted portraits of prominent society figures. The artist was primarily an exponent of alla prima painting and advocated a vigorous, expressionist technique so as to infuse his oils and watercolors with vitality and emotion.

Gallery label for A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13)

A Decade of Gifts and Acquisitions (Yale Center for British Art, 2017-06-01 - 2017-08-13) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition] [Exhibition Description]

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