AUGUSTUS JOHN, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
AUGUSTUS JOHN, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
AUGUSTUS JOHN, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
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AUGUSTUS JOHN, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)

Head of James Joyce

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AUGUSTUS JOHN, O.M., R.A. (1878-1961)
John, A.
Head of James Joyce
signed and inscribed 'John/head of James Joyce' (lower right)
red chalk on paper
17 ¾ x 12 in. (45.1 x 30.5 cm.)
Executed in 1930.

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Lot Essay

When Augustus John and James Joyce met in Paris in 1930, John had been commissioned to draw a portrait of Joyce for the frontispiece of The Joyce Book (1933). Recalling the sittings, John wrote, ‘Joyce posed well and frequently. I did a number of drawings of him. He has a precise and buttoned-up appearance, but would un-stiffen perceptibly during the course of dinner’. He added, ’Joyce, although almost blind, took a great interest in my drawings, examining them microscopically through his powerful double-lenses’ (A. John, Chiaroscuro: Fragments of Autobiography, London, 1952, pp. 216-217).

We are very grateful to Rebecca John for her assistance in cataloguing this lot.

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