We are grateful to Gerard Hastings for preparing this catalogue entry. His book, Drawing to a Close: The Final Journals of Keith Vaughan was published in 2012.
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The pair of drawings offered here come from a 1954 sketchbook containing pencil studies of beaches and sea-side scenes which Vaughan made in Scotland, Norfolk and Sussex. On the cover he inscribed the locations where he made the drawings: Berwickshire, St. Abbs, Hunstanton, Galloway, Seaford. Vaughan was in the habit of carrying around with him a pocket-sized drawing pad and a pencil to capture landscape motifs or appealing pictographic configurations that he chanced upon. Here he has found pictorial interest in the activities of the labourers constructing a jetty. Pieces of twisted metal, cranes, and pile-drivers are vigorously recorded as interesting shapes to provide him with possible visual material for a painting.