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    Sale 5883

    20th Century British Art including The Olga Davenport Collection

    25 March 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 76

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)

    Finisterre, Spain

    Price Realised  


    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
    Finisterre, Spain
    signed and dated 'Vaughan/51' (lower right)
    ink, gouache and pastel
    5½ x 6½ in. (14 x 16.5 cm.)

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    In 1949 Vaughan and several friends went on a cycling holiday in Brittany, an experience that was to inform his work for several years. They spent most of their time in coastal Finistre, where the landscape struck him as ''harsh, dour and dramatic --- black, white, grey and ochre: peasant life, seaweed hoists and other motifs" (see Exhibition catalogue, Keith Vaughan Retrospective Exhibition, London, Whitechapel Gallery, 1962, p. 10). Now, Vaughan's spelling was always rather bad, surprisingly so in someone with his literary and linguistic skills, and he persistently refers in his writings to the region as Finisterre, suggesting the headland of Cap Finisterre on the Atlantic coast of Spain, a place he never visited. To be fair to Vaughan, many English writers have also used this confusing spelling, but this spelling muddle has caused some confusion about the titles and subjects of several pictures from this period.
    The present 1951 work issued into a closely similar lithograph of 1952, which he again unfortunately titled Finisterre.

    We are very grateful to Professor John Ball for providing the catalogue entry for this lot.

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    A. Guinness, by whom purchased from the 1953 exhibition.


    London, Leicester Galleries, Keith Vaughan, October 1953, catalogue not traced.