Hilary Hennes (née Hilary Miller) (1919 – 1993)




38 x 56 cm

Five beautifully-coloured mid-century ceramic bowls, painted by Hennes as a quasi- still life. Hennes’ watercolour is both an exercise in depicting perspective and form and a portrait of the ceramic design aesthetic hugely beloved by the Mid-Century Modern movement.

Hilary Miller was born in London, where her father was a curator at the South London Art Gallery. She attended Blackheath High School and, from 1936 to 1940, studied at the Blackheath School of Art, and then for a further three years at the Royal College of Art. After graduating, she taught at the South East Sussex Technical College and in 1946 married the artist Hubert Hennes. The couple lived in Oxford, where they both held teaching posts at the Oxford School of Art. Between 1948 and 1967 Miller frequently exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy in London, and also illustrated a number of books on gardening and natural history, such as ‘The Living World’ and ‘Boff’s Book of Gardening’.

Provenance: the artist’s studio sale.

Condition: generally very good, a couple of insignificant scuffs to upper right corner.

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