William Acton

United Kingdom (19061945 ) - Artworks
ACTON William Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

Christie's /Oct 1, 2008
3,550.88 - 4,971.24
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William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

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Lot number: 100
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William Acton (BRITISH, 1906-1945) Portrait of Markie Dinshaw oil on canvas 42 x 32 in. (106.6 x 81.3 cm.) Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 16 June 2007, lot 208. PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTION The artist William Acton was the younger brother of the great British aesthete and author Sir Harold Acton (1904-1994). He painted the present lot in India where Markie's father was a prominent banker. The sitter in the present portrait died tragically at a young age.
William Acton - Portrait Of Georgia Sitwell

William Acton - Portrait Of Georgia Sitwell

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Lot number: 251
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William Acton (1906-1945) Portrait of Georgia Sitwell oil on canvas 52 x 44½ in. (132.1 x 113 cm.) Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 08 June 2006 , Lot 344. This important portrait is the result not only of a complex series of friendships, but is also a remarkable manifestation of the early 20th century revival of interest in the Baroque, imbued with a twist of the surreal. The sitter Georgia Doble was a Canadian beauty who in 1925 married Sacheverell Sitwell, a poet, and the youngest member of an infamous trio of siblings. Edith, Osbert and Sacheverell Sitwell found notoriety as leaders of the avant-garde when Edith's Faade was recited through a megaphone, to the accompaniment of a score by William Walton, to a bemused audience in 1922. In 1924 Sacheverell published Southern Baroque Art: a Study of Painting, Architecture and Music in Italy and Spain of the 17th and 18th Centuries, a ground breaking work that encouraged his contemporaries to reappraise splendours that had been disregarded for generations. Along with Gerald Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) he founded the Magnasco Society, which aimed to deepen appreciation of the arts of the period. Georgia was starstruck, and thought she had married a genius. Immersion into the intellectual life of the Sitwells was not easy though; when Ada Leverson arrived to stay, Georgia is said to have whispered to her: 'I want to ask you four questions - quickly now. What is the difference between Romanticism and Classicism? Who is Henry Melville? What is behaviourism and is Julie Thompson received?' She quickly found solace in London society, however, and appears in several photographs by Cecil Beaton of the group characterised by Evelyn Waugh as the 'Bright Young Things'. William Acton was the short lived younger brother of Sir Harold Acton, art historian and aesthete, who had admired the Sitwells since his schooldays at Eton. The Actons had been raised by their parents at La Pietra, a villa outside Florence, where they were neighbours of the Sitwells' father, Sir George, who had bought the sprawling Baroque palace of Montegufoni for Osbert in 1905. Another neighbour and Italophile was Gerald, Lord Berners, with whom the Sitwells lived for a while owing to the need to retrench. Berners was a friend of Salvador Dali, and with the Sitwells shared a taste for the surreal. It was from this nexus of influences that the present picture was born. Mrs Sitwell is presented bust-length, on a socle, against a dramatic arabesque of moonlit cloud. The picture is preserved in its original, carved mannerist frame, and is a rare fusion of the surreal and the baroque. Few other portraits by the artist are widely known. A series of pencil drawings of the Mitford sisters has been extensively published, but his work rarely appears at auction.
William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

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Lot number: 208
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William Acton (British, 1906-1945) Portrait of Markie Dinshaw oil on canvas 42 x 32 in. (106.7 x 81.3 cm.) PROPERTY FORMERLY IN THE COLLECTION OF EDULJI AND BACHOO DIN Provenance The sitter, thence by descent to the present owner. Lot Notes The artist William Acton was the younger brother of the great British aesthete and author Sir Harold Acton (1904-1994). He painted the present lot in India where Markie's father was a prominent banker. The sitter in the present portrait died tragically at a young age.
William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

William Acton - Portrait Of Markie Dinshaw

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Lot number: 165
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Provenance The sitter, thence by descent to the present owner. Lot Notes The artist William Acton was the younger brother of the greatBritish aesthete and author Sir Harold Acton (1904-1994). Hepainted the present and following lot, portraits of the two Dinshawsisters, in India where their father was a prominent banker. Markiedied tragically at a young age.
William Acton - Portrait Of Bachoo Dinshaw

William Acton - Portrait Of Bachoo Dinshaw

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Lot number: 166
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Provenance The sitter, thence by descent to the present owner. Lot Notes Together with her brother Edulji F. Dinshaw, Parsis from Mumbai,Bachoo Dinshaw moved to New York shortly before World War II. Theysettled in a townhouse at 1081 Fifth Avenue.
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