Life Model for Leonard Boden

Pamela Green first started modelling as a life model at colleges across London. This leads her to be booked by several professional painters. One such artist was Leonard Boden (1911-1999)

In the Second World War Boden served in intelligence and as an anti-aircraft gunner. Following the war Boden began to paint portraits professionally, gaining a reputation for his depictions of actors such as Alastair Sim and Donald Wolfit. Pamela Green modelled for Leonard Boden around 1953. A portrait of Field Marshal Lord Milne was Boden’s first large-scale commission in 1954. He painted several portraits of the Queen and by the 1960s he was chairman of the Chelsea Arts Club.

Below is a wonderful nude study of Pamela Green in oils by Leonard Boden. I wonder what happened to the painting and where it is now. Does anyone know?

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Nude Study of Pamela Green by Leonard Boden. Oil painting, 20″ by 16″, circa 1953.

UPDATE: The painting sold in March last year (2018) at auction for £960. Here’s the finished painting.

Nude Painting of Pamela Green by Leonard Boden.
Black and white photo of Pamela Green modelling for Leonard Boden. Circa 1954
Pamela Green modelling for Leonard Boden. Circa 1954

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