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    Sale 7591

    British Art on Paper

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

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

    Study of Vivien (recto); Study of Brenda Dean Paul (verso)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
    Study of Vivien (recto); Study of Brenda Dean Paul (verso)
    pencil
    11 x 8 7/8 in. (28 x 22.6 cm.)


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    Vivien was the younger daughter of Augustus John by Dorelia McNeill, Vivien and her sister Poppet had a bohemian childhood. Unlike their brothers and half brothers they were not sent to school, but were allowed to run free. They grew up in Hampshire, at Alderney Manor and then Fryern Court, near Fordingbridge (see lot 71, fig. 1). Vivien was often painted by her father, and also by the artist Henry Lamb (1883-1960). Brenda Dean Paul may be thought of as one of the 'Bright Young Things' of the 1920s.

    The sitter on the verso of this drawing is the same as that depicted in lot 62.

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    Provenance

    with The Lefevre Gallery, London, October 1996, where purchased by the present owner.