ALFRED LYNDON GRACE
Portrait of Clive Dunfee
Oil on canvas
Frame size: 20¾ x 17 inches / 52.7 x 43.1 cm
Stock number: 856667/0121
A lovely portrait oil painting on canvas of Clive Dunfee, known as one of the “Bentley Boys”, who was tragically killed driving the Barnato 8 litre Bentley Old No 1 during the 1932 500 Mile Race at Brooklands on September 24th.
This original oil painting was purchased from the estate of the late Jack Dunfee. Bentley driver and brother of Clive.
Beresford Clive Dunfee (1904 – 24 September 1932) was a British racing driver, one of the “Bentley Boys” of the 1930s, who was killed in a dramatic accident at Brooklands. Dunfee was the third of four sons of Colonel Vickers Dunfee and the younger brother of Jack Dunfee, also a motor racer. He took part in the 1930 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the same year married the actress Jane Baxter one of the leading ladies of the British cinema in the Thirties.
In 1932 the Dunfee brothers raced the BRDC 500 Miles Race at Brooklands, in the “Old Number One” Bentley Speed Six, with a brand new 8-litre engine installed. After the first driving stint Jack Dunfee was in fourth place when he entered the pits. Clive took over, and shortly after, in passing Earl Howe’s Bugatti, he went too high up the banking, putting the wheel of his car over the lip. The car cartwheeled over the top, hit a large tree and plunged down through the trees to the road below. Dunfee was thrown out and killed instantly. His wife was watching the race when he crashed to his death.
A.L. Grace was a well known Victorian artist in England. He painted cricket and fishing subjects, genre paintings, military subjects, still lifes, and animal pictures. He also painted playful pictures of religious figures engaged in casual day to day life. Grace was known to rarely date his works. The broader themes of his work had universal appeal to his Victorian audience, leading to demands to have his paintings transformed into engravings. These more affordable engravings were accessible to a larger audience.
There is some minor damage to the painting and this will be repaired prior to sending.