My Cellist, 1996 (oil on canvas), Espir, Patricia (1934-99) (Contemporary Artist) / Private Collection / The Bridgeman Art Library
Patricia Espir (1934-1999) was born in London and spent much of her early childhood in Egypt. In 1953 she studied domestic science at Winkfield Place under Constance Spree and Rosemary Hume. She was the author of "Middle Eastern Cooking" in 1955 and an updated version, "My Family Cookbook", in 1995. Her paintings were exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Chelsea Art Show including a number of successful solo shows both in the UK and abroad.