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

Portrait of Iris Tree

Augustus John, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
Portrait of Iris Tree
signed and dated 'John.1914' (lower right)
14½ x 11 in. (36.8 x 27.9 cm.)
with Spink, London.
London, Olympia, Augustus John, February 2004, no. 16.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.

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Lot Essay

Iris Tree (1897-1968) was an English poet and actress, described as a bohemian, an eccentric, a wit and an adventuress. Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree was her father and, as a young woman, she was sought after as an artist's model being painted by Augustus John, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell, Percy Wyndham Lewis and Roger Fry, and sculpted by Jacob Epstein, showing her bobbed hair (she was said to have cut off the rest and left it on a train) that, along with other behaviour, caused much scandal.

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