Eileen Agar, R.A. (1899-1991)
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Eileen Agar, R.A. (1899-1991)

Lewis Carroll with Alice

Eileen Agar, R.A. (1899-1991)
Lewis Carroll with Alice
signed 'AGAR' (lower right), signed again and dated 'Eileen Agar 1961' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in. (61 x 91.4 cm.)
Purchased by Edward Campbell Salmon at the 1962 exhibition.
with The New Art Centre, London.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 March 1990, lot 290.
with Waterman Fine Art, London, where purchased by the present owner.
London, Brook Street Gallery, Eileen Agar, March 1962, no. 4.
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Lot Essay

Lewis Carroll's novels Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass have been a rich source of inspiration for artists since their first publication. The fantastical world of Wonderland can be seen as an important precursor to Surrealism; the British Surrealist movement even went so far as to dub themselves 'The Children of Alice', although their visual references are rarely obvious. In the paintings of Agar, Paul Nash, and Roland Penrose however one can discern more direct traces of the novels.

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