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Details & Cataloguing

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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Francis Davison
1919-1984
UNTITLED 9-9 (FAWN, WHITE, RED AND GREEN)
signed with initials; signed and inscribed on the reverse
collage on essex board
138.5 by 161cm.; 54½ by 63½in.
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Provenance

Austin/Desmond Fine Art, London, where acquired by the present owner in November 2003

Exhibited

London, Arts Council of Great Britain, Alive to it All, 1983, cat. no.6.

Catalogue Note

Davison began to make collages in 1952 whilst living and working in Syleham, Suffolk with his wife Margaret Mellis. Having been introduced by Patrick Heron, they married in 1948 and moved to Syleham in 1950 where he was particularly inspired by the rural patchwork landscape of fields and farms. Throughout his life, Davison maintained a very private profile and preferred to remain almost anonymous when his work was exhibited. He had regular exhibitions at the Redfern Gallery where a retrospective of his collages was staged in 1986. He also had solo exhibitions at the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield in 1981, at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford in 1982 and was honoured with a major exhibition of his collages organised by the Arts Council at the Hayward Gallery in 1983.

The Robert Devereux Collection of Post-War British Art in aid of the African Arts Trust, Sale 1

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London