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Frank Bowling, R.A. (b. 1934)
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Frank Bowling, R.A. (b. 1934)

Beggar No. 3

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Frank Bowling, R.A. (b. 1934)
Beggar No. 3
signed, inscribed and dated 'Frank Bowling/May 17th/1963/BEGGAR NO. 3/OWNED BY:/DAVID METHUEN/CAMPBELL' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
58 x 40 in. (147.3 x 101.6 cm.)
Painted in 1963.
Provenance
Acquired directly from the artist by David Methuen Campbell in the 1960s.
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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.

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Lot Essay


Beggar No. 3 features, for the first time, and the only time to my knowledge, a painted image of his mother’s house, rather than the haunting silkscreened images in later paintings like Cover Girl (1966). One of Bowling’s most significant recurrent motifs, an emblematic acknowledgment of T.S. Eliot’s psychologically fraught line: ‘Home is where one starts from.’ It was the house to which Bowling brought the beggar children on the streets of New Amsterdam to be fed by his imperious and charitable mother.’
- Mel Gooding
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