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She was literary which shows in her sense of implication of meaning – of more than meets the eye. And she was a perfectionist who took extraordinary care in matching colour and texture; she would spend days painting the underside of a petal of a flower with a brush with one or two hairs in it, until she got it right. Her portraits of women are among her best work. The national art galleries house an abundance of reclining nudes but not many portraits of women by women. Gluck’s women wear their hats, jewellery and clothes, to show their self-assurance, assertiveness, status and style.
They clawed their way up from the East End of London by enterprise and hard work. They began in the tobacco trade and then, in the partnership of Salmon & Gluckstein, created J. Lyons & Company – the vast complex of teashops, Corner House restaurants, the Trocadero in Piccadilly Circus, ‘The Strand’, ‘Regent Palace’ and ‘Cumberland’ hotels and then later the huge food manufacturing and distributing business – Lyons ice-cream, cup-cakes and the rest. They married their cousins and second cousins the Salmons, the Josephs, the Abrahams, out of trust, loyalty and business acumen and because they hardly knew anyone else.
The head of the Art Department, Miss Flood-Jones, spoke up on Gluck’s behalf: June 21st, 1912 Dear Mrs Gluckstein I had a talk with Miss Flood Jones before I saw Hannah the other day, and I find that Miss Flood Jones who is a very capable judge thinks so highly of Hannah’s prospects in the region of art that I am quite inclined to abandon the plan of her going to University. Miss Flood Jones thinks that Hannah has the root of the matter in her and it would be a great pity if she were not allowed to pursue her art studies as far as possible.