Flower's East, London, where purchased by the present owner
London, Flower's East, The Rake's Progress and Other Paintings, 1996
R. Heller, Peter Howson, London, 2003, illustrated in colour, p.115
The present work is the fourth in a series of monumental paintings based on Stravinksy's opera The Rake's Progress, which itself was based on William Hogarth's series of paintings and engravings detailing a man's downward journey ending in imprisonment in Bedlam. The Rake series were exhibited at Flower's East in 1996.
The work is in very good original conditon.
UV light inspection reveals no evidence of any retouching or restoration.
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