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    Sale 7729

    20th Century British Art

    21 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    Gwen John (1876-1939)

    Wide-Awake Tortoiseshell Cat

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Gwen John (1876-1939)
    Wide-Awake Tortoiseshell Cat
    dated 'Juillet 29/29.' (on the reverse of the original mount)
    watercolour and pencil
    5 7/8 x 7¾ in. (14.7 x 19.7 cm.)


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    Provenance

    A gift from the artist to Véra Oumançoff in July 1929 and by descent to her sister and brother-in-law Jacques and Raïssa Maritain. with Davis & Long Company, New York.


    Literature

    C. Langdale, Gwen John, New Haven and London, 1987, p. 189, no. 175, pl. 25.


    Exhibited

    London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Arts Council Gallery, Gwen John: A Retrospective Exhibition, January - March 1968, no. 122, illustrated: this exhibition travelled to Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery, March - April 1968; and Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, April - May 1968.
    New York, Davis & Long Company, Gwen John: A Retrospective Exhibition, October - November 1975, no. 68, illustrated.