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    Sale 7637

    20th Century British Art

    12 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 4

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

    Camel in Lava Field, Lanzarote

    Price Realised  


    John Craxton, R.A. (b. 1922)
    Camel in Lava Field, Lanzarote
    signed 'Craxton' (lower left)
    acrylic, tempera and lava dust on board
    10½ x 20¼ in. (26.6 x 51.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1973.

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    Self-imposed exile from Crete during the dictatorship of the Greek Colonels led Craxton to visit Morocco and Lanzarote, in the Canary Islands, where he found the farmed volcanic landscape unimaginably strange and striking. He was inspired to make a number of works, sometimes - as in the present work - using black lava dust as an added pigment.

    We are grateful to Ian Collins, currently working on a John Craxton monograph, for his help in compiling the catalogue entries for lots 4 and 5. Anyone with information or images for the book can contact the author c/o Christie's, 8 King Street, London, SW1Y 6QT.

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    with Christopher Hull Gallery, London, where purchased by Mary Symons, 1982.


    London, Fulham Fine Art, Christopher Hull Gallery, John Craxton, May - June 1982, no. 241.