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Moura Lympany [1916-2005]



[From the catalogue-in-progress for “Landscapes & Livestock”, a loan exhibition for Agincourt Homecoming in the Winter of 2015]

LYMPANY, Moura [1916-2005]

“Saint Paul’s”


oil on board / 8 inches by 10 inches

Born Mary Gertrude Johnstone in the English “West Country”, Moura Lympany is best remembered as a concert pianist of international reputation. Less well known was her talent as a painter of modest still lives and landscapes. This small work shows Saint Paul’s cathedral in the late afternoon, still surrounded by the devastation of the war she had withstood with her fellow Britons. Lympany’s wartime concerts and radio broadcasts had helped to strengthen British resolve and endurance.

Acquired in London during his odyssey from Paris to New York, “Saint Paul’s” was purchased by Kurt Bernhard and brought to Iowa after his marriage to Grace Tennant. This and other works were given to the Community Collection by the Bernhard children as a memorial to their parents.

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