Watercolour; signed and dated 1917
14.25 x 10.25 inches
Apperley quickly came to recognition through an exhibition arranged by the Town Hall and the Centro Artistico in Grenada in 1917, including most of Spain’s leading artists, where his painting The Rose took first prize. It was at this time that he met the young Enriqueta Contreras, who was to become his second wife, and who was probably the model for our Venus. His first one-man exhibition in Spain, held in Madrid, was opened by the King and Queen of Spain in November 1918.