The Daily Telegraph's art critic, Terence Mullaly, and another at the respected Roland Browse & Delbanco gallery, which was planning to show her work in New York when fate intervened, and a brain tumour destroyed her eyesight.Taken to hospital from her cottage on a stretcher to the local railway station, a small crowd had gathered to wave her off.
She couldn't see them, but she could hear them. She died on May 18 1963, aged just 42. "Had she lived longer," Peploe says, "she would have been an international superstar."Sign up for the Telegraph Luxury newsletter for your weekly dose of exquisite taste and expert opinion.We rely on advertising to help fund our award-winning journalism.We urge you to turn off your ad blocker for The Telegraph.Read more on telegraph.co.uk