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    Sale 5389

    20th Century British Art

    16 July 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 103

    Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

    Design for lorry bill for Shell B.P.: Alfriston

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    Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
    Design for lorry bill for Shell B.P.: Alfriston
    signed with initials and inscribed 'Poster Design VB' (on the reverse)
    oil on paper
    20¼ x 29½ in. (51.4 x 74.9 cm.)
    Painted in 1930.


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    This work was painted as a large lorry bill for Shell. Frances Spalding comments, 'Vanessa and Duncan were also two of the first artists to be employed by Jack Beddington when in 1929 he was put in charge of publicity by Shell-Mex Ltd. Duncan made St Ives bridge in Huntingdonshire his motif, while Vanessa chose Alfriston church in Sussex' (see F. Spalding, loc. cit.).

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    Provenance

    The artist's estate.
    with Anthony d'Offay, London, where purchased by Reader's Digest Association Inc. in January 1984.
    Property from the Reader's Digest Association Inc.; Christie's, London, 19 November 2004, lot 46, where purchased by the present owner.


    Literature

    F. Spalding, Vanessa Bell, London, 1983, p. 259.


    Exhibited

    New York, Katonah Gallery, Bloomsbury Artists at Charleston: Paintings from the Reader's Digest Collection, August - October 1987, no. 1.
    Johannesburg, Art Gallery, Bloomsbury Paintings at Charleston: Paintings from the Reader's Digest Corporate Collection, November 1992 - February 1993, no. 1.