Thora with Goldfish

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The subject of these paintings, Thora Bird (1910–1988), later Thora Childs, lived in Torquay.

Thora’s mother was asked if Thora would sit for some paintings at Ruth’s Torwood Street studio, which she agreed to. This painting was given to the sitter on completion and another – titled 'Thora with Flowers' – was given to Thora’s mother by the artist’s son.

Torre Abbey Museum



Thora with Goldfish




oil on canvas


H 39.5 x W 49.5 cm

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gift from Mr D. N. Childs, 2000

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