The 13 x 16in (33 x 41cm) oil on canvas is believed to be an early work by Jessica Dismorr (1885-1939). It was secured by a buyer in the room at Roseberys (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) in West Norwood on September 24.
Dismorr, whose works rarely appear at auction, participated in almost all of the avant-garde groups active in London between 1912-37 and was one of only two women members of the Vorticist movement. Just three paintings and two drawings are known to have survived from this period.
In 2017, the auction house sold View of Les Baux (1911) and The Memorial Cross (1912), two early Fauvist-inspired paintings from Dismorr’s time in France (of which a dozen or so pictures have survived). The pair sold for a combined £13,200.
The sale was led by a set of four bollards designed by Anthony Gormley (b.1950) in 2004 for a regeneration project in Peckham, south London. The quartet, offered days after the opening of the sculptor’s major retrospective at the Royal Academy, was knocked down at £12,500 (£6000-10,000 estimate).