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A major early work by Allen Jones, offering a very different vision of the artist to his controversial later work, is to be offered at Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary sale on July 1st. Jones painted the portrait of his then girlfriend Barbara Brownlee in Ealing in 1957, while studying at Hornsey College of Art. Barbara, who appears here in school uniform, was also a student there. Jones submitted the painting as part of his application to the Royal College of Art, and the sticker still on the back of the canvas identifies it as Jones’s ‘Testimony of Study’ number 1 of 28; the work has been in the same private collection ever since. A matching self-portrait from the same year in a private collection, featuring Jones wearing a jumper knitted for him by Barbara’s mother, suggests that the picture of Barbara was part of a pair. Portrait of Barbara is consigned by Barbara herself, now Barbara Burridge, and is

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