Lot 3
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John Craxton, R.A.

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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  • John Craxton, R.A.
  • Entrance to a Lane
  • signed and dated 1.45.
  • ink and ink wash on paper


Private Collection
Osborne Samuel, London, where acquired by the present owner

Catalogue Note

We are grateful to Ian Collins for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.


As a young man, Craxton had been drawn to the work of Graham Sutherland and so was thrilled to be invited by him on a sketching visit to Wales, where they explored the dramatic landscape that for Sutherland had numinous, anthropomorphic qualities. This experience was hugely influential on Craxton, whose work, in turn, caught the eye of the patron and collector Peter Watson (the founder of Horizon magazine).

It was Watson who paid for Craxton and Freud to share a studio in London and who also supported their visit to Greece in 1946: a turning point for both artists. The landscapes Craxton painted in Greece, including Pastoral for P.W. (1948, Tate, London), whilst rich in a Mediterranean palette owe much to the influence of  Sutherland and the lessons learned in Pembrokeshire.