Property from the Collection of Dr Frank Rentsch
1894 - 1982
ILLUSTRATION TO A CHILDREN'S STORY (GEORGE AND RUFUS)
titled and dated 1937 (?) on the backboard
pencil and oil on board on the Artist's prepared backboard in the Artist's frame
unframed (central board): 25.5 by 35.5cm.; 10 by 14in.
framed: 41 by 51.5cm.; 16 by 20¼in.
Executed circa 1937.
We are grateful to Dr Rachel Smith and Dr Lee Beard for their kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work, which will be included in their forthcoming catalogue raisonné for Ben Nicholson.
The board appears sound. The work appears to be in very good overall condition.
Very minor rubbing to the extreme edges of the central board with some associated light surface dirt, slight scuffs and one or two minute nicks. Some very light surface dust to the work elsewhere. A few very soft scuff marks, only visible in a raking light. One or two specks of matter and extremely pale stains in places. A few minor nicks and spots of staining and paint loss to the Artist's backboard, largely not visible in present frame.
Ultraviolet light reveals one or two minute specks of retouching (including one to the centre of the blue sky and to extreme left edge of central board), and a few further spots of retouching to the Artist's backboard.
The work is presented in the Artist's painted wooden frame, held under glass.
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Miss Margaret Gardiner, a friend of the Artist, by whom presented to her grandson,
Paul Alexander Bernal, on his birth, 19 December 1964
Waddington Galleries, London, where acquired by Stanley J. Seeger and Christopher Cone, 17 September 1990
Their sale, Sotheby's, London, The Eye of a Collector - Works from the Collection of Stanley J. Seeger, 14 June 2001, lot 16
Waddington Custot, London, where acquired by Frank Rentsch and thence by family descent to the present owner