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    Sale 5391

    20th Century British Art including Works from the Collection of Bannon & Barnabas McHenry

    17 December 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 5

    Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

    Sleeping muse

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    Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)
    Sleeping muse
    pencil and gouache
    6 x 5 in. (15.2 x 12.7 cm.)
    Executed in 1918.


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    This is a preliminary study for a woodcut for possible inclusion in the Omega Workshops' publication Original Woodcuts by Various Artists, 1918. The design was never, as far as is known, transferred to a woodblock, and, instead, the Omega book contained Bell's Dahlias and Nude. She enjoyed the woodcut process and made several for her sister Virginia Woolf's publications at the Hogarth Press - for Kew Gardens (1919) and Monday or Tuesday (1921).

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