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    Sale 5391

    20th Century British Art including Works from the Collection of Bannon & Barnabas McHenry

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 42

    Leon Underwood (1890-1975)

    Figures on a Rope Bridge

    Price Realised  


    Leon Underwood (1890-1975)
    Figures on a Rope Bridge
    signed 'Leon/U' (lower right)
    oil on canvas
    12 x 14 in. (30.5 x 35.6 cm.)
    Painted circa 1930.

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    Underwood was fascinated by the art of the 'primitive'. Throughout his life, Underwood visited a number of countries in search of subject matter. In 1928, he travelled down the south-eastern shore of the Gulf of Mexico, up the rivers of Tabasco and over the Sierra Madre to the Pacific east of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec studying the Mayan and Aztec art. As they travelled Underwood painted and sketched the local people and the guides with whom they travelled.

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    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 November 1989, lot 284.
    with Christopher Hull Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner in 1994.

    Pre-Lot Text