5 November 2008,
London, South Kensington
Price realised GBP 3,500
Estimate GBP 2,000 - GBP 3,000
STEPHEN TENNANT (BRITISH, 1906-1986)
Six framed studies of sailors for Lascar, A Story of the Maritime Boulevard
each variously inscribed and with further inscriptions and studies to verso, in painted mounts, each signed 'Stephen Tennant' (on the mount) pen and ink and watercolour
15½ x 9¾ in. (39.5 x 25 cm.)
a set of six (6)
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The novel Lascar was an obsessive project for Tennant over the course of the last fifty years of his life, but one which remained incomplete at his death in 1987. The name Lascar, though now rarely used, was a term used to describe a sailor from India or other countries East of the Cape of Good Hope. The word derives from the Persian "Lashkar" meaning military camp and "al-askar", the Omani word for guard or soldier.
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The Hon. Stephen Tennant, Wilsford Manor, Sotheby's, 15 October 1987, lot 679.