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    Sale 5351

    Christie's Interiors

    15 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 313

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

    Study for 'Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeuses'

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    Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
    Study for 'Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeuses'
    signed 'John' (lower left)
    pencil and watercolour
    14½ x 10½ in. (36.8 x 26.6 cm.)


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    Post Lot Text

    The present work appears to be a study for a more complete scheme sold in these Rooms 'Study for a Decoration: Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeurs' [sic], dated 1909, 21 March 1996, lot 55. The figure on the right hand side is that of the artist's first wife, Ida Nettleship. Although a posthumous drawing of Ida, 'Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeuses' may refer to a fantasy she had about a magical land that she relayed to her husband in life.

    We are grateful to Rebecca John for her help in preparing this catalogue entry.