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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 79

    Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)

    Seated woman, half-nude

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
    Seated woman, half-nude
    signed 'John' (lower right)
    charcoal on buff paper
    8¾ x 12 in. (22.2 x 30.5 cm.)


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    The present sketch is a study for the seated nude in Confidences, one of the largest and most finished oil sketches of groups of nudes made by John. The present drawing is a study from life, drawn after the composition had been worked out in sketches from the imagination. For the oil painting and another related sketch, see A. D. Fraser Jenkins, exhibition catalogue, Augustus John: Studies for Compositions, Cardiff, 1978., nos. 25 & 26.

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    Provenance

    with Adelson Galleries, New York, January 1998, where purchased by the present owner.


    Exhibited

    London, Olympia, Augustus John, 23-28 February 1999, no. 331.