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    Sale 5132

    Twentieth Century British Art

    6 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 52

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)

    Soldiers in a Bell Tent

    Price Realised  


    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
    Soldiers in a Bell Tent
    signed and dated 'Keith Vaughan/1942.' (lower right)
    pencil and ink
    5¼ x 8½ in. (13.3 x 21.6 cm.)
    The work is accompanied by a postcard from the artist to the present owner's mother confirming that she was gifted the present work.

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    Vaughan, who served as a non-combatant in the Pioneer Corps, made sensitive and gentle drawings of barrack life and of his fellow soldiers, emphasising involuntary shared situations. As Alan Ross comments, 'it is not the most dashing or glamourous side of military life, but probably it is the most real' (see A. Ross, Colours of War, London, 1983, p. 123).

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    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner's mother in 1964.

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