Miss Sonia Brownell
Private Collection, UK
London, South London Art Gallery, William Coldstream, 27 April- 26 May 1962, Arts Council, cat no. 28, touring to:
Leeds, The University, 9 June- 30 June 1962
Bristol, City Art Gallery, 7 July- 28 July 1962
Swansea, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, 4 August- 25 August 1962
Southampton, Southampton Art Gallery, 1 September- 22 September 1962
Birmingham, City Museum and Art Gallery, 29 September- 20 October 1962
DescriptionThis work is one of two paintings produced by Coldstream during one of his many trips to stay with the artists Rodrigo and Elinor Moyniham at their farmhouse in Monksbury, Hertfordshire. It was here that he met and began a relationship, which would last until 1941, with Sonia Brownell, after separating from his wife, Nancy.
Farmyard, nr Monksbury, c.1939-40, was painted during one of these weekend visits with Sonia and was given to her by the artist, undoubtedly as a token of his affection. Sonia Brownell is today well known as Sonia Orwell the wife of writer George Orwell.