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    Sale 7653

    Modern and Contemporary Australian and South African Art

    16 December 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 19

    Leroy (Roy) Leveson Joseph Laurent De Maistre (1894-1968)

    Farmhouse in the Pyrenees

    Price Realised  


    Leroy (Roy) Leveson Joseph Laurent De Maistre (1894-1968)
    Farmhouse in the Pyrenees
    signed 'R. de Maistre' (lower left) and traces of a signature and date lower right
    oil on panel
    24 x 19¾in. (61 x 50.2cm.)

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    Rab Butler and his first wife Sydney Courtauld met de Maistre while on their honeymoon in Australia in 1927. De Maistre took up with them on arrival in England in 1930 and the Butler-Courtauld families became his most important patrons, with Sydney financing his studio home at 13 Ecclestone Street, where de Maistre lived from 1937. He travelled to the continent with Sydney and Rab regularly in the 1930s, and often stayed in the Basque port of St Jean de Luz in south western France, where his cousin Camilla Keogh and his friends the Lengs had properties.

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    Sydney Butler (née Courtauld), and thence by descent to the present owner.

    Pre-Lot Text