Ben Nicholson, O.M. (1894-1982)
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Ben Nicholson, O.M. (1894-1982)

King Charles' Statue

Details
Ben Nicholson, O.M. (1894-1982)
King Charles' Statue
signed, inscribed and dated 'King Charles/Ben Nicholson c. 1931' (on the reverse)
pencil on paper
14½ x 11¾ in. (36.8 x 29.9 cm.)
Executed in 1931.
Provenance
with Crane Kalman Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owners in July 1969.
Literature
M. de Sausmarez (ed.), 'Ben Nicholson', Studio International, 1969, p. 71, illustrated, as 'c. 1932 (Charles I)'.
Exhibition catalogue, A Tribute to Ben Nicholson, London, Crane Kalman Gallery, 1974, n.p., no. 6, pl. 16, as 'c. 1931 (King Charles's statue)'.
Exhibited
London, Abdy & Co., Watercolours and Drawings by John Armstrong, John Banting, Frank Dobson, Geoffrey Houghton Brown, Robert Medley, Henry Moore, Paul Nash, Ben Nicholson, William Roberts, Edward Wadsworth and Richard Wyndham, December 1931 - January 1932, no. 36, 37 or 40.
London, Crane Kalman Gallery, A Tribute to Ben Nicholson, July - August 1974, no. 6, as 'c. 1931 (King Charles's statue)'.
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Lot Essay

Ben Nicholson exhibited five works in the 1932 exhibition at Abdy & Co.; three of these (catalogue numbers 36, 37 and 40) were titled Scheme for a painting No. 1; Scheme for a painting No. 2 and Scheme for a painting No. 3. A photograph of the present drawing exists with the following inscription by Ben Nicholson circa 1960 on the reverse, ‘Nicholson of Charles ! Trafalgar 1932-3 [sic] Drawn from centre of road when policeman held up traffic looked as if we were holding up much of London traffic so that I could make this dwg’.

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