Augustus John
  • Reclining female nude, facing left -
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    Signed l.r.: John and numbered 89

    Pen and ink and pencil

    The present drawing has been dated to c.1910-11, when John was producing much of his most inspired work as a draughtsman. Rebecca John has suggested the model could be Euphemia Lamb or Edith Lees. Both women, who married to two of John?s closest artist friends, were modelling regularly for him at this date.

     

    I am grateful to Rebecca John for her help in researching this drawing.

     

     

  • Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeuse -
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    Signed l.l.: John

    Watercolour over pencil, 14 by 10 ? ins (35.5 by 26.5 cm)

    Provenance: The Piccadilly Gallery, London

     

    The present watercolour is a study for the left and right figures for one of John?s important early allegorical works, ?Le Pays des Cavernes Miraculeuse? of 1909. The right-hand figure is that of John?s first wife Ida Nettleship who had died in 1907. John was deeply effected by Ida?s death and her image remained etched in his memory appearing in a number of further allegorical works of the following years, including his great and closely-related oil painting ?The Way down to the Sea? of 1909-11. It is also likely that Ida influenced the subject of this work, which Rebecca John has suggested may be a fantasy of an ideal world that she had spoken of to John during her lifetime.

     

  • Study for an allegorical composition -
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    Brush and blue-black ink over pen and ink

    Provenance: Agnews; Evelyn and Tress

  • Canadian soldiers -
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    Certified (verso) by the artist's son Caspar

    Pencil, 12 by 9 inches

    Provenance: acquired directly from the studio via the artist's son, Caspar John

  • Studies of a resting soldier -
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    Certified (verso) by the artist's son, Caspar

    Pencil, 8 1/2 by 13 ins

    Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's studio via Augustus John's son, Caspar John

    This drawing depicts a Canadian soldier resting, dating the work from John's time as an official War Artist to the Canadian Army, c.1917.

  • Studies of a Canadian soldier -
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    Certified by the artist's son, Casper

    Pen and black ink, 13 1/2 by 9 ins

    Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's studio, through his son Caspar John

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