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    Sale 5132

    Twentieth Century British Art

    6 December 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 84

    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)

    Drawing 1, 1962

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    William Scott, R.A. (1913-1989)
    Drawing 1, 1962
    signed and dated 'W SCOTT 62' (lower left) and inscribed 'TOP' (on the reverse)
    9¾ x 12¾ in. (24.8 x 32.4 cm.)
    This work is recorded in the William Scott Archive as No. 2102.

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    Until now lots 84, 85, 98 and 99 have all remained unseen since the year they were exhibited at the Grabowski Gallery in 1963. Drawing 5. 1963 is in the collection of the Museum of Art in Lotz, Warsaw, Poland.
    Mateusz Grabowski opened his gallery in 1959 on Sloane Avenue, London. Very quickly, Grabowski became a heavyweight and influential gallery where artists flocked to be included in his ground breaking shows. 'For WS, drawing, both slow and quick, was always to be of real importance, an energizing alternative to painting and printmaking, as well as a means of initiating, testing and developing ideas, some of which might be realized also in painting. He tended to have periods of intense drawing activity, sometimes linked to what he was pursuing in painting but not always' (N. Lynton, William Scott, London, 2004, p. 377).
    'In the early 1960s WS was making charcoal drawings of an unusually free and exploratory sort, some including divisions of the surface, some leaving it open' (ibid. p. 409).
    'These and other drawings of the time show WS casting off from several types of drawing he had been exploring since 1956. Many of them look abstract and are untitled, and they suggest he is exploring new forms and juxtapositions of forms ... what WS was working on in his studio up to 1964 prepares quite directly for what in 1965 seems a sudden change in direction' (ibid. p. 410).

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    with Grabowski Gallery, London.


    London, Grabowski Gallery, Drawings by Artists of Two Generations, February - March 1963, no. 42, illustrated, b&w.