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The Peter Stuyvesant Foundation, London.
The following group of works (lots 146-150) were painted in the mid 1960s during a period of artistic fervour in London. The Whitechapel, with Bryan Robertson as director, had followed a succession of shows not only devoted to neglected figures from British Art, but also the leading European artists and American Abstract Expressionists, many of whom had their first major European showings at the Whitechapel Gallery.
The Whitechapel Gallery very quickly became one of Britain's most important contemporary galleries and received critical attention from international collectors. In 1964 the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation sponsored the first of four New Generation exhibitions at the Whitechapel Gallery. In the introduction to the first exhibition, Robertson stated the aim of the exhibitions was 'to spotlight a wide range of talent which had begun to make its presence felt at that time ... British art in particular has suddenly woken out of a long provincial doze, is seriously entering international lists and winning prestige for itself' (Introduction to Exhibition catalogue, The New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1964).
Robertson commented: 'The Foundation is creating a unique collection of recent English art at its most radical, without waiting for the green signal of an established reputation' (Introduction to Exhibition catalogue, The New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1966, p. 7).
Exhibition catalogue, The New Generation, Whitechapel Gallery, London, 1966, p. 71, no. 29, (illustrated).
London, Whitechapel Gallery, The New Generation, June - July 1966, no. 29.