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Lot 23

Augustus John OM RA, British 1878-1961-   'Dorelia in the Garden', 1912;  

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Lot 23

Augustus John OM RA,
British 1878-1961-
'Dorelia in the Garden', 1912;

Price Realised: £192,400

Estimate: £12,000 - £18,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 23


Augustus John OM RA,

British 1878-1961-


'Dorelia in the Garden', 1912;


oil on board, signed lower right 'John', 50.8 x 30 cm(ARR)



Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd, London, no. Z2414;



Olympia, London 'Augustus John', 23rd - 28th February 1999, no.69;



This early work shows the artist's common-law wife and most famous sitter, Dorelia McNeill. Dorelia first met Augustus through his sister, Gwen John, while studying art at Westminster School of Art in 1903, later travelling with her in France that same year. With Augustus she chartered a bohemian existence, travelling across Southern England, often living in a Gypsy caravan.


Dorelia is the subject for John's most iconic early works, including 'Woman Smiling, 1908-09' (Tate Gallery) and 'The Blue Pool, c.1911' (Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums Collection).


John began making quotidian figure studies of Dorelia often in domestic settings around 1910, and they were highly successful commercially, perhaps reflecting the public's idealised desire for a more simple existence. This work demonstrates her easy confidence and charm, dressed in her homemade clothes that reflected the pairs' interest in Romani culture. Similar works in public collections are Washing Day, circa 1915 (Tate) and 'Dorelia in the Garden at Alderney Manor, Dorset' (Yale Center for British Art).

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

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ARR is capped at €12,500

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