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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    David Jones, C.H. (1895-1974)

    Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus and the donkey

    Price Realised  


    David Jones, C.H. (1895-1974)
    Mary and Joseph with baby Jesus and the donkey
    signed with initials and dated '1924/DMJ' (lower right)
    pencil, ink, watercolour and pastel
    6½ x 6½ in. (16.5 x 16.5 cm.)

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    In January 1921, Jones joined the Ditchling Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, founded in 1919 by Hilary Pepler and Eric Gill as a religious fraternity for craftsmen. It was here that Jones learnt wood engraving and the influence is seen in the simplicity of line in this work. Jones spent Christmas of 1924 at Capel-y-ffin with Gill and his family. It was probably at this time that Jones produced the current work and also lot 52.

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    Gifted by the artist to the present owner's great grandmother, Clare Pepler who lived in the Ditchling Community started by Hilary and Eric Gill.