Lot 11
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John Craxton, R.A.

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  • John Craxton, R.A.
  • Cats Playing
  • signed and dated November.13.55-
  • pencil and charcoal on paper
  • 34 by 49.5cm.; 13¼ by 19½in.


Acquired directly from the Artist by the family of the present owner, and thence by descent

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Ian Collins for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work and preparing the below note:

This is a study for a picture John Craxton produced in the mid-1950s as a gift for his close friend, the photographer Joan Eyres Monsell. They often stayed at the house of the painter Niko Ghika on Hydra, and shared a love of the Greek world - and of cats everywhere. When Joan and Patrick Leigh Fermor built their glorious house at Kardamyli, in the Peloponnese, Joan adopted a feline pack deemed by Paddy to be "interior desecrators and downholsterers".