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Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
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Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)

Study of Dorelia standing

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Augustus Edwin John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
Study of Dorelia standing
signed 'John' (lower left)
pencil and watercolour
20 7/8 x 11¼ in. (53 x 28.6 cm.)
Executed circa 1907-8
Provenance
with Spink, London.
with The Lefevre Gallery, London, October 1996, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Olympia, Augustus John, 23-28 February 1999, no. 338.
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Lot Essay

The present drawing with its strong use of wash is arguably one of John's strongest and most striking depictions of Dorelia. The present drawing probably dates from the same period circa 1909 as John's important early picture Woman smiling, which bought him international recognition (fig. 1) and she wears the same green turban.
The variety of poses Dorelia adopted for John are remarkable and the positioning of the weight on one leg is particularly characteristic. Two drawing from the same series are in the Tate Gallery, one shows her raising her skirts (fig. 2) and another shows her arms raised in a similar pose, but she has turned to the right, away from the viewer, see M. Easton and M. Holroyd, The Art of Augustus John, London, 1974, p. 131.
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