5 June 2007
Gwen John (1876-1939)
Profile study of a Poilu
stamped with signature 'Gwen John' (upper left)
crayon and watercolour on buff paper
6¼ x 4¾ in. (16 x 12 cm.)
Executed circa 1914-18.
This work is recorded with estate number E.J. 50.
The Estate of the Artist.
Mrs J. Cheever Cowdin, New York.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 21 March 1996, lot 71.
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London, Matthiesens Gallery, Gwen John Memorial Exhibition, September - October 1946, no. 111.
The present drawing is from a small series of watercolours of French 'squaddies' executed during the First World War. A comparable drawing is listed as no. 231 in Cecily Langdale's catalogue raisonné (Gwen John, New Haven, 1987, p. 202).
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