William Acton (1906-1945)
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William Acton (1906-1945)

Armiola

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William Acton (1906-1945)
Armiola
signed and inscribed 'No.1/ Armiola/ Artist/ William Acton/ 5 Thurloe Sq. SW7.' (on the artist's label, on the reverse)
oil on canvas
40 ¼ x 35 in. (102.2 x 88.8 cm.)
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Lot Essay

William Acton was the short lived younger brother of Sir Harold Acton, art historian and aesthete. The Actons had been raised by their parents at La Pietra, a villa outside Florence, where their neighbours included the Sitwell family, and Gerald, Lord Berners who was a friend of Salvador Dali.

Few other portraits by the artist are widely known. A series of pencil drawings of the Mitford sisters has been extensively published, but his work rarely appears at auction.

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