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John Augustus

United Kingdom (Tenby 1878 -  Fordingbridge 1961 )
AUGUSTUS John  Portrait Of Gwyneth Johnstone, The Artist's Daughter, Aged 17

Cheffins
Jun 12, 2019
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Variants on Artist's name :

Augustus Edwin John

Augustus Edwin John Om Ra

Agustus John

 

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John Augustus - The Portrait Of Sunita

John Augustus - The Portrait Of Sunita

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Lot number: 411
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* AUGUSTUS JOHN OM RA (BRITISH 1878 - 1961), THE PORTRAIT OF SUNITA oil on canvas, signed 53.5cm x 43cm Framed and under glass. Note: This lot is accompanied by a hand written letter of authentication (dated 4th March 2019) from Rebecca John, artist, grand-daughter of Augustus John and the leading authority on the work of her grandfather. Inscribed on canvas verso: "Property of Sophie Fedorovitch, 22 Bury Walk, Chelsea SW3, London". Sophie Fedorovitch was a Russian born theatrical designer who worked with ballet choreographer Sir Frederick Ashton from his first choreographed ballet in 1926 until her accidental death in 1953. Fedorovitch died in a gas explosion at her home (known as "the Gothic Box") at 22 Bury Walk on 25th January 1953. Two old printed labels verso, one explaining the background to the portrait and the other stating the picture to be "Property of Mary Smeaton or Scott". Augustus John became acquainted with Jacob Epstein at the New English Art Club after Epstein moved from Paris to London. He produced several drawings of Epstein and two etchings. Epstein later modelled a bronze head of John\’s son Romily, which is part of the Garman Ryan Collection followed by a stone version and a Bronze head of Augustus in 1916. Although the two artists encouraged each other, they had a prickly friendship which animated their portraits of each other. This was probably further exacerbated by John\’s reputation of having a fiery and rebellious temperament, prone to violent mood swings. Augustus John lead a notoriously promiscuous lifestyle and "fathered numerous children with nearly as many different mothers". "Sunita" was originally from Kashmir, a Muslim who married Ahmed Peerbhoy, a millionaire of Bombay, but sometime in the early 1920s she came to England with her son Enver and younger sister Anita Patel. The sisters joined a troupe of magicians known as the Maysculine Brothers. Sunita developed a persona as an Indian mystic and fortune teller and became widely known as Princess Sunita. Jacob Epstein may have met Sunita at the British Empire Exhibition, where the exotic foreign displays intrigued him, or possibly through his friend Matthew Smith (1879 - 1959). In 1925 Epstein invited Sunita, Enver and Anita to live at his home at Guilford Street in London with the full agreement of his wife Margaret. Mrs Epstein was trying to end her husband's affair with Kathleen Garman by encouraging him into affairs with other women. Sunita had become Epstein's favourite model and she posed, often alone but sometimes with her son, for numerous drawings and sculptures by Epstein until 1931. Jacob Epstein was apparently furious that John had encouraged "Sunita" to sit for a portrait and when John told him that he wanted Sunita to sit for him again, Epstein refused to allow it. "Augustus was celebrated first for his brilliant figure drawings, and then for a new technique of oil sketching. His work was favourably compared in London with that of Gauguin and Matisse. He then developed a style of portraiture that was imaginative and often extravagant, catching an instantaneous attitude in his subjects."
John Augustus - Female Head

John Augustus - Female Head

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Lot number: 130
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE BRITISH COLLECTION Augustus John, R.A. FEMALE HEAD 1878-1961 pencil on paper 33 by 25.5cm.; 13 by 10in. Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Or Provenance Acquired by the Grandfather of the present owner in the 1930s, and thence by descent
John Augustus - Man, Probably Augustus John (himself) Descending A Ladder With A Basket Over His Shoulder

John Augustus - Man, Probably Augustus John (himself) Descending A Ladder With A Basket Over His Shoulder

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Lot number: 176
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Augustus Edwin John (1868-1961), Pencil, Man, probably Augustus John (himself) descending a ladder with a basket over his shoulder, Signed John 17 (?) to edge of basket. 27 1/2 x 15 1/2" Provenance: Augustus John and Nancy Huntley were members of the RA. Comes with letter from owner who whilst researching paintings was told by Nancy Huntly's daughter that she had a long time friendship with Augustus, Faith , her daughter, recalled her mother receiving the picture which was understood to be a self portrait.
John Augustus -  Portrait Of Gwyneth Johnstone, The Artist's Daughter, Aged 17

John Augustus - Portrait Of Gwyneth Johnstone, The Artist's Daughter, Aged 17

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Lot number: 278
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§ Augustus John, OM, RA (Welsh, 1878-1961) Portrait of Gwyneth Johnstone, the artist's daughter, aged 17, 1932 oil on canvas 75 x 50cm (29 x 20in) Provenance: Given to Gwyneth Johnstone and now sold from her Estate Literature: The World of Interiors, September 2007; The Times, Gwyneth Johnstone obituary, 18 December 2010, which describes the portrait: - "John painted her portrait, in a fresh, characteristically freely-stated and clearly affectionate study of the beautiful young woman who gazes quizzically out at him, and us, from beneath her mop of auburn hair"; The Telegraph, Gwyneth Johnstone obituary, 14 December 2010, where the portrait is illustrated Other Notes: Gwyneth Johnstone (1914-2010) was a daughter of Augustus John and niece of Gwen John, two of the most prominent British artists of the 20th Century. Her mother, the pianist Nora Brownsword, met Augustus John when she posed for him shortly before the First World War. Gwyneth was brought up between London and Norfolk by her mother alone. As a result, she had a rather distant relationship with her father. She was the object of resentment from her half-sisters and suffered the social stigma of illegitimacy. However, at one point she shared a London studio with her father, who depicted her likeness at the age of 17 in the present portrait. A talented artist herself, Gwyneth went on to study at the Slade School between 1933 and 1938, where she forged a lifelong friendship with Mary Fedden. She had a very close relationship with her mother and they often travelled together to Provence, where they stayed in a village near St Tropez. Gwyneth later bought a house in Spain in the 1970s. It was the scenery of the South of France and Spain which inspired her own colourful Mediterranean landscapes, for which she is remembered. Oil on a wooden panel. The panel is reinforced from the reverse by a wooden cradle which appears to be part of the original construction. There is a split in the panel at the centre of the top edge, following the vertical grain of the wood. There are numerous losses to the paint layers which appear to be caused by impacts to the surface rather than an inherent weakness in the paint structure. The painting is unvarnished. The wooden frame is in a good condition with some surface dirt and staining.
John Augustus - Portrait Of Mavis Wheeler

John Augustus - Portrait Of Mavis Wheeler

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Lot number: 9
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Augustus John OM RA, British 1878-1961- Portrait of Mavis Wheeler; pencil on wove paper, 17.5x14.5cm (ARR) Provenance: Bonhams, London, 18 July 1973, lot 138: bears certification on inscribed label attached to the reverse of the frame Please refer to department for condition report mounted in a glazed moulding frame
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