Lot 121
  • 121

Augustus John, O.M., R.A.

5,000 - 7,000 GBP
18,750 GBP
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  • Augustus John, O.M., R.A.
  • Study for Portrait of Vivien Leigh
  • signed and dated 1942
  • red chalk on paper


Possibly London, Leicester Galleries, Drawings by Augustus John, May 1943, either cat. nos.13, 23 or 35;
London, Upper Grosvenor Galleries, A Loan Exhibition of Drawings and Murals by Augustus John, 1st - 30th April 1965, cat. no.61.

Catalogue Note

Larry commissioned a painting of Vivien by Augustus John in 1942. Vivien had around three to five sittings with the Artist, and whilst the painting was never finished, John also did a number of drawings of Vivien, of which the present work is one. Especially renowned for his portraiture, John’s figural paintings and drawings capture effortlessly the mood and essence of his sitters, and the present work, with its fluid and expressive handling, is no exception. The unfinished painting was exhibited at Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London, in March 1961.