16 November 2007
Edward Burra (1905-1976)
Seamen Ashore, Greenock (recto); Figures at a party (verso)
stamped 'E.J. Burra' (lower right, recto)
pencil, coloured crayons and pastel
25 x 19 in. (63.5 x 48.2 cm.)
Executed circa 1944 (recto).
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A. Causey, Edward Burra, Oxford, 1985, no. 69, illustrated (recto).
It is likely that the reverse of the present work, Figures at a party, was executed at an earlier date than the recto, Seamen Ashore, Greenock, possibly in the 1920s. Andrew Causey dates the recto as circa 1944.
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