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    Sale 12036

    Christie's Interiors

    18 May 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 157

    SIX TATTOO DESIGNS PRIMARILY FOR SECOND WORLD WAR AMERICAN COMBAT TROOPS

    BY TED HAMILTON, CIRCA 1930-45

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    SIX TATTOO DESIGNS PRIMARILY FOR SECOND WORLD WAR AMERICAN COMBAT TROOPS
    BY TED HAMILTON, CIRCA 1930-45
    Ink on paper, with prices in dollars, all signed 'PAINTINGS BY TED HAMILTON' in glazed frames
    10 ¾ x 15 ¾ in. (27.5 x 39 cm.)


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    Tattooist Ted Hamilton worked the U.S. Carnival and Circus circuits in the 1920's and 30's, working from a small portable tent hung with the framed tattoo designs marketing his wares. His wife Pearl nicknamed 'The Tattooed Doll' was renowned for her heavily tattooed body including a massive peacock on her back. Ted is believed to have set up in Normandy soon after the D Day landings, catering for the American combat troops. These designs were purchased in Le Havre circa 1993 and purchased by the present vendor shortly afterwards. In 2000 they were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum at the request of Alan Borg, the then director.