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Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956)
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Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956)

Five hand-illustrated postcards

Austin Osman Spare (1886-1956)
Five hand-illustrated postcards
variously signed and inscribed
pencil, coloured crayon and ink, on five postcards
5 7/8 x 4 1/8 in. (15 x 10.5 cm.) and smaller
(5)Executed in 1926-1927.
Gifted by the artist to A.G. Fiddes Watt.
Acquired by the present owner in 1988.
Special notice

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.

Lot Essay

The present lot of five illustrated postcards are all addressed to A.G. Fiddes Watt, a fellow artist and friend of Austin Osman Spare. A.G. Fiddes Watt was the son of well-known portrait artist and engraver Georges Fiddes Watt. Three of the postcards are ‘vibratory portraits’ that Spare produced during this period, with many of them being self-portraits, which he included in his book Anathema of Zos, published in 1927. It has been suggested that the postcard inscribed ‘If my wish was your will’ is a magical spell.

We are very grateful to Robert Ansell for his assistance in preparing the catalogue entries for lots 19-24.

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