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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 28

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

    Walpurgis Night

    Price Realised  


    Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
    Walpurgis Night
    signed 'John' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    17 x 21 in. (43.2 x 53.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1900.

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    In 1900 John began a large painting of Faust and Mephistopheles witnessing a witches' coven on the summit of the Brocken. This oil was never exhibited but was probably very similar to a pen and wash drawing of the same subject (Tate, fig. 1), and a smaller oil (the present work).

    Humphrey Brooke (1914-1988) was secretary of the Royal Academy from 1952-68, and lent the present work to John's 1954 exhibition at the Diploma Gallery.

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    Humphrey Brooke, and by descent.


    London, Royal Academy, Works by Augustus John, O.M., R.A., March - June 1954, no. 329.