This image is one of four from Edwina Sandys’ series of lithographic prints, Make Up
. Each of the four prints show a different blue-outlined woman in the act of putting on her make up, exploring this cosmetic ritual. The woman in this print puts red lipstick on a sharp-toothed mouth, adding a note of ferocity to the feminine image.
Date of work
Original: Lithograph on paper 29.5 x 44 cm Tate. Presented by Curwen Studio 1978 © Edwina Sandys
Edwina Sandys (born 1938) is a New York based British artist and sculptor. Sandys’ parents were aristocratic (her father was a Baron and her mother the daughter of Winston Churchill), and was a debutante herself. She had a career as a newspaper columnist and novelist before becoming an artist in 1970. At first a successful painter, she turned her attention to sculpture in the mid-1970s, and has exhibited her work internationally. In 1984 she was awarded an MBE in the New Years Honours for services to British cultural interests in New York.