Agatha Christie is seated in an arabic arched interior, which looks like the expedition house at Chagar Bazar where she spent some time with her husband, Sir Max Mallowan (the archaeologist), between 1932 to 1937. In his memoirs he mentions seeing her seated in their dining-room mending the pottery and looking a picture of happiness in the painting by 'Dora'.
The artist was the daughter of Ruskin's biographer, W. G. Collingwood, and Edith Mary Isaac (also an artist), from Coniston in the Lake District. She married Dr Ernest Haig Riddell Altounyan (an Armenian surgeon) and lived in Aleppo in Syria in the 1930s. Their five children were the inspiration for Arthur Ransome's 'Swallows and Amazons'.
Where to see this painting?
National Trust, Greenway
Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, England, TQ5 0ES
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.