Clark, Michael Twentieth Century British, Study for a Portrait of Muriel Belcher Ill in Bed
Clark, Michael Twentieth Century British, Study for a Portrait of Muriel Belcher Ill in Bed. 12 x 10.25 ins., (30.5 x 26 cms.), Etching 4/100 Signed Numbered and Titled in Pencil. Muriel was the famous or possibly infamous owner of the Colony Room frequented by some of the leading 'arts' people of the time. Bacon was a founder member and was paid an amount per week plus free champagne to introduce new rich clients. She was renowned as one of the rudest women in England, which did not seem to trouble her clientele. She referred to all men as ladies, which was a little unusual. She adopted almost a permanent position at the end of the bar from where she addressed her customers in her vulgar way. The room was rather filthy, but that did not seem to matter for her customers, it was her extraordinary character that drew them in as well as the amazing clientele.
Auction Date: April 2019