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    Sale 11512

    South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

    26 May 2016, London, King Street

  • Lot 10

    B. PRABHA (1933-2001)

    Untitled (Two Women)

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    B. PRABHA (1933-2001)
    Untitled (Two Women)
    signed and dated 'b. prabha 1964' (centre left)
    oil on canvas
    25 x 52¼ in. (63.5 x 132.7 c,.)
    Painted in 1964


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    Lots 10-14 were acquired by Patrick Whaley when he was setting up the offices of the U.S. based company Johnson & Johnson in India. Having moved to Bombay in the 1960s, Whaley and his wife (known as ‘Pat’ and ‘Pip’) became a well-known Bombay fixture. Pat Whaley initially even took up residence at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel for several years before settling into his Bombay home.

    During his time in India, Whaley developed a keen interest in the burgeoning modernist art scene frequently attending exhibitions at Chemould Gallery and Pundole Art Gallery, and becoming a patron in the process. During this period the Whaleys acquired several works, including significant paintings by Maqbool Fida Husain, and B. Prabha as well as rare early examples of Krishen Khanna and Gulam Rasool Santosh which hung on the walls of Pat, Pip and their son Christopher’s (‘Christo’) Bombay apartment in the 1960s and 70s. These paintings made the journey with the Whaley family back to the United Kingdom in the 1970s, where they have remained adorning the family home ever since.

    Provenance

    Acquired in Bombay, circa 1970s
    Thence by descent


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY OF THE WHALEY FAMILY COLLECTION