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    Sale 12303

    Modern British & Irish Art

    17 March 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 95

    Philip Jackson (b. 1944)

    Maquette for Dangerous Liaison

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    Philip Jackson (b. 1944)
    Maquette for Dangerous Liaison
    signed and numbered 'P. Jackson 2/8' and stamped with Morris Singer Foundry mark (on the back of the bench)
    bronze with a brown and polished patina
    18 in. (45.7 cm.) long

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    Dangerous Liaison captures the uniquely individual and highly enigmatic character of Jackson’s work. Shrouded in theatrical robes and adorned with gold masks his two figures are reminiscent of the 18th Century Venetian procurator; one of his most celebrated themes. Although theatrical and often operatic, Jackson’s sculptures never fail to convey the human condition, as seen in the present work, where the two figures intimately converse with one another.

    Jackson is not only renowned for his smaller scale work but also his larger commissions, such as The Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park, opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2012, and The Gurkha Monument in Horse Guard’s Avenue.

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    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.


    Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1990.


    N. Wilton (intro.), Philip Jackson. Sculptures Since 1987, Midhurst, 2002, pp. 28, 60-63, 115, another cast illustrated.