• South Asian Modern+Contemporar auction at Christies

    Sale 2194

    South Asian Modern+Contemporary Art

    16 September 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 535

    TYEB MEHTA (1925-2009)

    Untitled

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    TYEB MEHTA (1925-2009)
    Untitled
    oil on canvas
    41½ x 28¼ in. (105.4 x 71.7 cm.)
    Painted in 1958-60


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    Provenance

    Presented to the current owner by the artist, London, 1960

    "I worked as a hospital porter at Hendon Cottage Hospital in north London from late April until early June 1960. The other porter, with whom I became friendly, was Tyeb Mehta. We had to do portering, bed moving, general maintainance and gardening, sharing a mess room with junior ward staff. He was supplementing his income as a painter and I was a conscientious objector architect doing part of my National Service. We both were a bit out of place. I remember larking about with Tyeb, one time with the garden hosepipes and another when cutting hedges with hand shears. We took it in turns to cut while the other shirked, as long as the clicking noises continued Matron thought we were both hard at work. I was about to get married at that time and Tyeb offered this painting to hang in our new flat." (Correspondence with Mr. E.K. Walker)


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MR. E. K. WALKER