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Ben Nicholson

Rhodos (Variations on a Theme, No. 4)

Auction Closed

November 15, 10:48 PM GMT


25,000 - 35,000 USD

Lot Details


A Legacy of Innovation: Works From The Collection of William S. Paley Sold to Benefit the Museum of Modern Art and other Charitable Organizations

Ben Nicholson

1894 - 1982

Rhodos (Variations on a Theme, No. 4)

signed Nicholson, titled and dated 65 (on the verso); signed Nicholson, titled and dated 1965T (on the reverse mount)

etching with gouache, pen and ink and pencil on paper mounted on artist board

sheet: 6 by 5⅞ in. (15.2 by 14.9 cm)

mount: 11⅜ by 11 in. (20.7 by 28 cm.)

Executed in 1965.

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 Rose Smith, c/o Sotheby’s Modern & Postwar British Art, Sotheby’s, 34-35 New Bond Street, London, W1A 2AA or email

Marlborough-New London Gallery, London
William S. Paley, New York (acquired from the above in 1968)
Acquired by bequest in 1990 by the William S. Paley Foundation
London, Marlborough-New London Gallery, Ben Nicholson, 1968
New York, The Museum of Modern Art (on loan from 1990)
New York, The Museum of Modern Art; Indianapolis, Indianapolis Museum of Art; Seattle Art Museum; Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Museum of Art; San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art; Baltimore, Baltimore Museum of Art and New Orleans, New Orleans Museum of Art, The William S. Paley Collection, 1992-1994, no. 49, p. 146, illustrated in color