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Paul Nash (1889-1946)
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Paul Nash (1889-1946)

Laocoön

Details
Paul Nash (1889-1946)
Laocoön
signed 'Paul Nash' (lower right)
pencil, watercolour, coloured crayon and pastel
10 7/8 x 15¼ in. (27.6 x 38.8 cm.)
Executed in 1941.
Provenance
probably Sir Michael Sadler.
Margaret Nash.
with Zwemmer Gallery, London, where purchased by Lord Eccles in 1956.
with Agnews, London, where purchased by the present owner.
Literature
Margot Eates letter, Listener, 8 April 1948, p. 82, pl. 86.
M. Nash (ed.), Fertile Image, London, 1951, pl. 35.
Studio, January 1952.
Country Life, 13 April 1961.
A. Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, p. 455, no. 1078, pl. 550.
Exhibited
probably Cheltenham, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Paintings, Drawings, and Designs by Paul Nash, June 1945, no. 38, as 'Sir Michael Sadler's Monster', dated '1942'.
London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Paul Nash's camera: an exhibition of photographs by the artist, November 1951, no. 55.
London, Leicester Galleries, Paul Nash: A Private Collection of Watercolours and Drawings [Margaret Nash's Collection], May 1953, no. 41.
London, Redfern Gallery, Paul Nash, April 1961, no. 9.
London, Tate Gallery, Paul Nash Paintings and Watercolours, November - December 1975, no. 192.
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Lot Essay

Andrew Causey writes, 'Nash wrote on the back of a photograph 'Portrait of Sir Michael Sadler's Monster'. The picture was not in the catalogue of the [Leicester Galleries] 1944 exhibition of Sadler's pictures following his death, but nor were others that were sold by [Leicester Galleries] from his estate at that time. It is possible that the artist bought it back then or at Cheltenham' (A. Causey, Paul Nash, Oxford, 1980, p. 455).

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