26 June 2015
John Armstrong, A.R.A. (1893-1973)
The Blue Bath
signed with initials 'JA' (lower left)
tempera on board
17 ½ x 19 3/8 in. (44.4 x 49.2 cm.)
Painted in 1927.
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will be held at South Kensington
A. Lambirth (ed.), John Armstrong; The Paintings, London, 2009, p. 153, no. 23.
London, Leicester Galleries, Paintings in Tempera by John Armstrong, January 1928, no. 11.
The present work shows Elsa Lancaster stepping into the bath. Lancaster was an English character actress who began performing in London theatre and cabarets during World War I, before moving to Hollywood with her actor husband Charles Laughton, where she appeared in films such as the Bride of Frankenstein in 1935.
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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