We are Eleanor and Andrew Bradley, based in Cambridge, UK. Andrew is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Cambridge and Emeritus Fellow at Wolfson College Cambridge. He retired in 2016 from his position as Head of Surgery at the University of Cambridge and consultant kidney transplant surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge. Eleanor held the position of Assistant Director of Research in the Department of Surgery at the University of Cambridge and also retired in 2016. We have a long track record of publishing high quality research papers in the field of experimental and clinical transplantation and have contributed to several text books on organ transplantation and stem cell biology.
We have a longstanding interest in the visual arts, and a particular passion for Modern British Art. We have regularly holidayed in the Lake District National Park and are especially attracted by the Cumberland landscapes of Sheila Fell. Retirement from our full-time academic posts has allowed us to turn our academic skills to cataloging for publication a comprehensive account of the work of Sheila Fell, whom we feel deserves greater recognition for her major contribution to Modern British Art.
The final phase: We are actively searching for the last few paintings in private collections to ensure that as many of Fell's works as possible are included in the catalogue raisonné. We have both been triple-vaccinated against Covid-19 and are continuing to visit owners of Sheila Fell paintings to photograph the remaining artworks.
We have spent time during travel restrictions updating our painting databases and drafting text describing the paintings we have photographed, as well as expanding our understanding of the geographical area around Aspatria that is depicted in Fell's work, and the social and economic environment of London and Cumberland that would have shaped and influenced her output in the 1950s to the late 70s. Our final manuscript is due to be handed over to our publishers, Lund Humphries, in late 2023.