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B. Z. Age 16½

B. Z. Age 16½
signed and dated 'Souza 64' (upper right); further signed, inscribed, titled and dated 'F.N. SOUZA Portrait of B.Z. age 16 1964 OIL ON BOARD 2' x 2 ' ' (on the reverse)
oil on board
29¾ x 24 in. (75.5 x 61 cm.)
Painted in 1964
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Lot Essay

In 1964 I met a beautiful girl. She was very blonde and blue eyed, and she was sixteen years old. I left my common law wife (mistress) and began courting this young girl, Barbara Zinkant. Then bought a mews-flat, and she came to live with me. It was a fabulous love nest. And it recharged my vigor because I was already forty years old. In the following year (1965) I married Barbara - she was seventeen and I was nearly forty one. [...] We had planned to live in Delhi. So we returned to London to wind things up. But destiny had other plans. An American art dealer [Eugene Schuster] called at my studio and offered me a contract that would enable me and my wife to live in the United States of America. I accepted and went to live there in 1967, and I have my pad in New York ever since...'
(Written interview with Varsha)

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