Period: The return to England

Green End Green End
painted in Purleigh, Essex, England, c. 1940
oil on wood panel 20.6 x 26 cm
not signed, not dated
private collection

Stella Bowen was forced to return to England by the French currency crisis in 1933. She was unhappy living in London and with the onset of war again sought a refuge in the countryside. She found that it “had a sweet consoling quality and its old cottages still suggested a life of peace, security and ease of mind”.

Bowen lived at Green End on and off from 1939 until her death in 1947. It was at Green End that she wrote her autobiography, Drawn from life.