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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 60

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)

    Yorkshire Industrial Landscape

    Price Realised  

    Keith Vaughan (1912-1977)
    Yorkshire Industrial Landscape
    signed and dated 'Keith Vaughan. 1943' (lower right)
    watercolour, ink, gouache and charcoal
    10½ x 13 in. (26.7 x 33 cm.)


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    In July 1943 Vaughan was transferred from Wiltshire to the West Riding of Yorkshire. Like many southerners he had never been in the North of England before, and his response to its distinctive landscape was that of a tourist in a foreign land, fascinated by the strangeness of it all. He spent about a month billeted in an abandoned mill by a river near Keighley, "where the air is so exhilarating one feels breathlessly alive" (M. Yorke, Keith Vaughan his Life and Work, London, 1990, p. 83). From here he explored the moorland area around Bradford and Ilkley. The present work is based on a pencil sketch reproduced in his Journals and Drawings (see K. Vaughan, Journals and Drawings 1939-1965, London, 1966, p. 65), where the town is identified as Shipley, near Bradford. Its hallucinatory, unreal quality seems to convey Vaughan's still fresh reaction to what was for him an unknown landscape.

    We are very grateful to Professor John Ball for providing the catalogue entry for this lot and lots 61, 66 & 68.

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    Provenance

    with The American British Art Center, Inc, 1946, where acquired by the present owner's father.


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    Please note there appears to be an ink and wash figure study on the reverse of this work.