Lot 157
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Duncan Grant

18,000 - 25,000 GBP
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  • Duncan Grant
  • The French Window, Charleston
  • signed and dated /53
  • oil on canvas
  • 110 by 77cm.; 43¼ by 30¼in.


The Estate of the Artist
Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London, 1st January 1981
Acquired from the above by Reader's Digest, Pleasantville, New York, 1981
Their sale, Christie's London, 19th November 2004, lot 28, where acquired by the present owner


Southport, Atkinson Art Gallery, Annual Open Exhibition, 1954 (details untraced);
Katounah, New York, The Katounah Gallery, Bloomsbury Artists at Charleston: Paintings from the Reader's Digest Collection, 23rd August - 25th October 1987, cat. no.17, with tour to Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg.

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Richard Shone for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work, and for preparing the catalogue note.

This painting is an amalgam of two motifs at the artist’s home, Charleston, frequently painted by Grant and Vanessa Bell – the open French windows that look out to the walled garden from the sitting-room and the view of the pond, close to the house, as seen from its front door. Grant has painted the French windows without their glazing bars and lower wooden panels; they frame a vase of flowers on a nineteenth-century side table. The view of the pond extends across the fields to Tilton, Maynard and Lydia Keynes’s country home. The standing figure on the far side of the pond is Quentin Bell.

The motif of interior/exterior, divided by a door or a window, exploring inside still life and the changing aspects of nature outside, was treated by Grant on numerous occasions, perhaps most successfully in Window, South of France (1928, Manchester City Art Gallery).