Portrait of a friend by Dorothy Eady. Dorothy Eady has an exceptional story.
1920s bather water colour painting by Dorothy Louise Eady (1904 – 1980) who used the pseudonym Omm Sety. She is very famous and was known as the keeper of the Abydos Temple of Seti a draughtsman for the department of Egyptian Antiquities. She was especially well known both for her knowledge of Egypt and her belief that in a previous life she had been a priestess in ancient Egypt. Her work and life has been the subject of many magazine and newspaper articles, biographies and tv documentaries.
There is lots of information on the internet regarding this amazing lady, including YouTube videos, a serious write up on Wikipedia and a film was made about her.
The writing on the back of the picture is by F W Slee Honourable MRCVS and his wife was the model for this painting – Ida Slee. Slee was the best friend of Dorothy Eady when they studied at Plymouth art school. He was friends with lady Astor and also T.E. Laurence ( Laurence of Arabia). They were a little celebrity social set in Plymouth during the 1920s.
The painting is signed D. Eady to the bottom left hand side.
It measures 7 inches (18cm) high x 7 inches (18cm) wide.
Mounted in a contemporary frame.
Condition is good.
NOT FOR SALE.