'Layham, Hadleigh' by Lucy Harwood, sold for £2700 at Lacy Scott & Knight.

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Lucy Harwood (1893-1972) enrolled at the Slade prior to the start of the First World War but she is best known as a student of Cedric Morris at the East Anglican School of Printing and Drawing.

She studied there both at Dedham and (after the building burned down) at Benton End in Hadleigh.

Harwood painted her colourful Post-Impressionist oils of the Suffolk countryside with her left hand: a botched medical operation as a child had left her partially paralysed on her right-hand side.

Alongside the work of her Benton End and Great Bardfield contemporaries, Harwood’s work is increasingly popular at auction.


The still-life on the reverse of 'Layham, Hadleigh' by Lucy Harwood that sold for £2700 at Lacy Scott & Knight.

This canvas of Layham, Hadleigh (with a still-life study of a vase of flowers verso) was bought by the vendor directly from the artist in the late 1970s for £90.

It received a guide of £120-180 at Lacy Scott & Knight (20% buyer’s premium) in Bury St Edmunds on March 19 but showed a rather better return on investment, selling at £2700.