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Grace Sholto Douglas (1940) is a large painting by the British artist and set designer Leslie Hurry, which depicts a woman positioned semi-seated with her left arm resting on a stone architectural feature.

Although it is unclear where Grace Sholto Douglas was painted, it is known that Hurry first met the sitter during a concert in the National Gallery, London, in 1940. The image has been executed in oil paint on paper board, with the paint being applied in diluted layers over an ink underdrawing.

After their initial meeting in 1940, Grace Sholto Douglas became both friend and patron of the artist, and although the precise meaning of this portrait is ambiguous, Hurry’s admiration for his subject is evident. The elderly Douglas was suffering from terminal cancer when this portrait was painted, and she died in 1942, just two years after it was finished.

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