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Ben Nicholson

still life (sung) March 6 - 51

Property from a Distinguished British Collection

Ben Nicholson

Ben Nicholson

still life (sung) March 6 - 51

still life (sung) March 6 - 51

Property from a Distinguished British Collection

Ben Nicholson

1894 - 1982

still life (sung) March 6 - 51


signed Ben Nicholson and Nicholson, titled, dated March 6 - 51 and inscribed (on the reverse of the outer board)

oil and pencil on board

inner board: 23 by 16cm.; 9 by 15in.; outer board: 30.5 by 23cm.; 12 by 9in.

framed: 45 by 38cm.; 17¾ by 15in.

Executed in March 1951.


We are grateful to Rachel Rose Smith and Lee Beard for their kind assistance with the cataloguing of the present work. A catalogue raisonné of Ben Nicholson’s paintings and reliefs is currently being prepared by Modern Art Press, and the authors encourage owners to be in touch. Please write to Rachel Smith, c/o Sotheby’s Modern & Postwar British Art, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA or email modbrit@sothebys.com.

Original board, adhered to the artist's painted backing board. The works appears to be in overall good condition. There are thin lines of craquelure evenly spread throughout the composition with a few small flecks of resultant loss in places along the edges, most prominently along the lower edge. There is some surface dirt and specks of studio matter in places. There is painted tape to the outer edges of the outer board. Subject to the above, the work appears to be in good overall condition. Ultraviolet light reveals areas of historic retouching in each corner and some of the edges of the inner board. The work is presented floating within in a gold and painted wooden frame, held under glass.


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Acquired by a Private Collection, Europe, 1954

The Piccadilly Gallery, London, where acquired by the present owner, 26 July 1967

Herbert Read (intro.), Ben Nicholson, Work Since 1947, Lund Humphries, London, 1956, Vol. II, no. 75, illustrated (as March 1951 (Sung))

David Baxandall, Ben Nicholson, 1962, illustrated fig. 17, as collection of E. Delville, Brussels

John Russell, Ben Nicholson: Drawings, Paintings and Reliefs, 1911-1968, Thames and Hudson, London, 1969, illustrated p. 36

London, Lefevre Gallery, Ben Nicholson, 1952, no. 6
Venice, British Pavillion, Biennale Internazionale d'Arte di Venezia XXVII, 1954, no. 26
Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum, Ben Nicholson,  1954-5, no. 34 with British Council tour to Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels