• The Sunday Sale - The Collecti auction at Christies

    Sale 5934

    The Sunday Sale - The Collection of the Late Christopher Wood

    8 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 39

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)

    Study for the left hand of The Woman clothed with the Sun

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    Estimate

    Benjamin West, P.R.A. (1738-1820)
    Study for the left hand of The Woman clothed with the Sun
    black and white chalk, on blue-grey paper
    10 x 8½ in. (25.4 x 21.6 cm.)


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    This study is related to the oil painting The Woman clothed with the Sun which was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1798, no.232., and is now held at Princeton University Art Gallery. This painting illustrates a passage from Revelations XII and was one of four works commissioned by the novelist, art critic and politician William Beckford which were to be installed in the so-called 'Revelation Chamber' at Fonthill Abbey, where Beckford planned to place his own tomb.

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    This lot will be removed to an off-site warehouse at the close of business on the day of sale - 2 weeks free storage


    Provenance

    The artist's family, and by descent to
    Mrs. P.Howard; Sotheby's, London, 22 March 1979, [part] lot 9.