• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 52

    Leonard Rosoman, R.A. (b. 1913)

    Study for the Death of Actaeon

    Price Realised  

    Leonard Rosoman, R.A. (b. 1913)
    Study for the Death of Actaeon
    signed 'Leonard Rosoman' (lower right)
    pencil on paper laid on canvas
    11 x 10¼ in. (27.9 x 26 cm.)
    Executed circa 1971.


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    Titian's Death of Actaeon, a later mythological work by the artist, had been on loan to the National Gallery London when, in 1971, it was bought by a Californian Museum. A public appeal to save the painting for the nation was launched and one of the fund-raising activities was a ballet organised by Richard Buckle which took place in June 1971. In addition to Rosoman, artists such as Duncan Grant, John Piper, Patrick Procktor, Ceri Richards, Robert Medley and Keith Vaughan designed variations on Titian's painting. These were used as backdrops for the ballet.

    Death of Actaeon by Rosoman is in the Royal Collection.

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