• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 53

    John Craxton, R.A. (b. 1922)

    Black Man in Search of a Dame

    Price Realised  


    John Craxton, R.A. (b. 1922)
    Black Man in Search of a Dame
    inscribed 'a black man in search of/a dame' (upper edge)
    frottage and crayon
    8½ x 6 in. (21.6 x 15.2 cm.)
    Executed in 1942.

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    Executed in his bedroom/studio at Abbey Road Mansions in the company of Lucian Freud before they were installed at 14 Abercorn Place, premises provided by Peter Watson. The present work is a play upon the tune then popular 'A Black Dame in Search of a Man'.

    We are very grateful to John Craxton for his assistance in cataloguing the present lot.

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    with Christopher Hull Gallery, London.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that following the artist's death in November no Artist's Resale Right is payable on this lot.