• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 112

    Sir Robin James Philipson, P.R.S.A., R.A., R.S.W. (1916-1992)

    Indian Village

    Price Realised  


    Sir Robin James Philipson, P.R.S.A., R.A., R.S.W. (1916-1992)
    Indian Village
    signed 'R. Philipson' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    20 x 50 in. (50.8 x 127 cm.)

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    On the outbreak of the Second World War, Philipson joined the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and later served two years with the Royal Indian Army Service Corps where he saw action in India and Burma. Indian Village appears to document a scene from Philipson's time spent travelling the subcontinent.

    'The cruelty he had seen disturbed him deeply for the rest of his life. It would appear in his work in many forms, focused by design, heightened by the juxtaposition of colour and texture of paint' (see W. Gordon Smith, Philipson, Edinburgh, 1995, p. 34).

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    Purchased by Robert Forbes Hutchison and by descent to the present owner.