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Sir Roland Penrose (1900-1984)


Sir Roland Penrose (1900-1984)
signed with initials, dedicated and dated 'for Lee/R.P./30 Aug 37' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour and bodycolour
10 x 14 in. (25.4 x 35.6 cm.)
Aziz Eloui Bey and by descent to Mrs Elda Eloui (third wife of Aziz Eloui Bey) and thence by descent to the present owner.
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Lot Essay

The present work was painted in the South of France at Mougins two months after Penrose had met Lee Miller at a party in Paris in June 1937. They fell in love and during the years that remained before the war they travelled extensively together in Romania and Egypt where Lee was living, married to Aziz Eloui Bey. She left him in 1939 and moved to London to be with Roland just as war broke out.

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