• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 54

    Lucian Freud, O.M., C.H. (b. 1922)

    Merchant Seaman

    Price Realised  


    Lucian Freud, O.M., C.H. (b. 1922)
    Merchant Seaman
    signed with initials 'LF' (lower right)
    14¾ x 9½ in. (37.5 x 24.1 cm.)
    Executed in 1941.

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    'These are pages from a sketchbook begun in the early part of 1941 when Lucian Freud was working as an ordinary Seaman on board the S.S. Baltrover, a cargo vessel chartered for Atlantic crossings. The other drawings in the sketchbook were done later that year on his return to the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing at Hadleigh in Suffolk, where he had been working previously with Cedric Morris' (Exhibition catalogue, Lucian Freud Pages from a Sketchbook of 1941, London, Anthony d'Offay, 1974, intro.).

    The d'Offay show opened to coincide with the Lucian Freud Retrospective at the Hayward Gallery.

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    with Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by the present owner, March 1978.


    London, Anthony d'Offay, Pages from a Sketchbook of 1941, January - February 1974, no. 18.