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    Sale 5391

    20th Century British Art including Works from the Collection of Bannon & Barnabas McHenry

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 14

    Henry Lamb, R.A. (1883-1960)

    The Green Man

    Price Realised  


    Henry Lamb, R.A. (1883-1960)
    The Green Man
    oil on canvas
    20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.6 cm.)
    Painted circa 1911.

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    The present work, also known as 'The Traveller' was owned by Lady Ottoline Morrell with whom Lamb had a passionate affair and later kept up correspondence for many years. The subject of the painting is unknown, but at the time Morrell inspired Lamb to create allegorical pictures possibly influenced by the Ballet Russes and Picasso. Lamb would have come across Picasso's work when he was in Paris in 1911. 'Ottoline also went to Paris the same year and wrote to Lamb of the Picassos' exhibited at Vollard's. She sent him postcards which he thought 'divine', asking for more, 'particularly Picasso and Greco.' (Exhibition catalogue, Henry Lamb 1883-1960, Manchester, 1984, p. 35).

    We are very grateful to Henrietta Phipps for her assistance in cataloguing lots 14-16.

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    Lady Ottoline Morrell.
    Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, London, 19 March 1980, lot 112.
    with Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by the present owners in 1986.


    Exhibition catalogue, Henry Lamb 1883-1960, Manchester, 1984, p. 34, no. 34.


    Manchester, Arts Council of Great Britain, Henry Lamb 1883-1960, May - June 1984, no. 34; this exhibition toured to Bristol, Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery, June - August 1984; Birmingham, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, August - September 1984; York, York City Art Gallery, September - October 1984.