Hilda May Gordon: A Colourist Abroad, looks at the works made during a six-year world tour from 1922-28, which ended in an exhibition in New York before she returned home in March that year.
“It is 45 years since I acquired a substantial number of Hilda May’s drawings and watercolours from her estate,” says Gregory. “Having taken part in MDNY before with early British drawings, by way of a change it seemed appropriate to show this indomitable woman’s work in the very city she ended her epic, six-year journey.”
Gordon (1874-1972), who trained under Frank Brangwyn, volunteered as a nurse in the First World War and painted in her spare time while serving in France, Italy, Egypt and Palestine. The 50-odd works from her 1920s voyage, which Gregory will show at the Leigh Morse Galley on East 80th Street, span subjects from further afield – notably in the Far East, such as Thailand, Burma, Bali, Sumatra, Java, Korea and Japan, as well as Tibet and India.
Among them will be these two paintings, both above, showing the same view of the Gulf of Thailand at different times of day, which Gordon painted from the deck of the cargo liner SS Malini.
The two gouaches, each 7¼ x 10in (18 x 25cm), are titled Day, Siamese Coast SS Malini and Night, Siamese Coast SS Malini and are priced at $1800 each.