Property from the collection of Mr. Seymour Stein
1885 - 1978
PAUL ROCHE RECLINING
signed with the initials DG (lower left)
pastel and brush and ink on joined paper laid down on canvas
17¾ x 24½ in.; 45.5 x 63 cm
Executed circa 1947.
We are grateful to Richard Shone for his kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work.
Executed on joined cream wove paper. The sheet has been laid down to a supporting sheet which has been in turn mounted to canvas. There are several artist's pinholes in all four corners. There are a few minor scattered nicks to the extreme edges of the sheet. There is a vertical scratch extending 7 cm from the center of the bottom edge. The pigments are bright and well-preserved. The work is in overall very good condition.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
Christie's, London, June 9, 1989, lot 297
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
The present work was most likely executed at 1 Taviton Street in London, where Duncan Grant's lover Paul Roche lived, shortly after meeting the artist in 1946. Roche would go on to model for Grant for many years, resulting in some of the most important and arresting works of his career.