• 20th Century British And Irish auction at Christies

    Sale 7789

    20th Century British And Irish Art

    12 November 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 81

    Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959)

    Syringa, Peonies and Pears

    Price Realised  


    Sir Matthew Smith (1879-1959)
    Syringa, Peonies and Pears
    signed with initials 'MS' (lower left), dated '1938' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    23¾ x 28¾ in. (60.3 x 73 cm.)

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    with Tooth's, London.


    London, National Gallery, British Painting Since Whistler, March - August 1940, no. 225, as 'Flowers in an urn'.
    London, Royal Academy, A Memorial Exhibition of works by Sir Matthew Smith, C.B.E., October - December 1960, no. 183.
    London, Tate Gallery, Private Views, April - May 1963, no. 45.
    London, Roland, Browse and Delbanco, Matthew Smith, A Loan exhibition, April - May 1976, no. 32.