Sunday 3 April 2011

My mother's tutu

by Dorothy King, RBA

Dorothy King (1907-1990) was a painter best known for her nudes 
and subjects from the ballet in oil and pastel. 
She studied at Hornsey School of Art and later at the Slade school. 
After the war she took up painting professionally and in 1947 
was elected a member of the prestigious 
Royal Society of British Artists. 
She exhibited at the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, 
Society of Women Artists and is represented in 
the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art in New York City. 
In later life she spent time teaching art classes.


  1. Really your mother? (I noticed you labelled it 'family.')

  2. But was it your mother, Lucille?

  3. Yes really my mother! In her tutu. On the chaise longue.

  4. How wonderful ... I hope you're going to tell the whole story!
    And I love the cup of tea down on the floor. Nice to think of ballerinas having a cuppa before they flake out!

  5. Heavens to betsy, all over again!
    I never knew that.
    Now I want the whole nine yards of story, please.

  6. Of course, now you've told us, I can see the family likeness. It's there in the pose and even the dress sense!

  7. That is simply lovely. Thanks for sharing this painting and the hint of a background story. I'll let my imagination take care of the rest...unless you care to elaborate.

  8. This is the first time of seeing this post and it has made me cry, knowing that you have such a tender portrait of your mother. How lovely.