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Lot 15

Wyndham Lewis, British 1882-1957 - Drawing of David Low, 1932; pencil on paper, signed, dated and...

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Lot 15

Wyndham Lewis, 
British 1882-1957 - 
Drawing of David Low, 1932; 
pencil on paper, signed, dated and...

Price Realised: £3,120

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000

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

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Lot 15


Wyndham Lewis, 
British 1882-1957 - 

Drawing of David Low, 1932; 

pencil on paper, signed, dated and titled lower left 'Wyndham Lewis 1932 Drawing of David Low', 27 x 19.3 cm (ARR) 

private collection from 1957 (according to previous cataloguing of the work); 
Christie's, London, 7th March 1997, lot 18; 
private collection; 
Woolley & Wallis, Salisbury, 29th November 2017, lot 19; 
private collection, purchased from the above 

Walter Michel, 'Wyndham Lewis: Paintings and Drawings', Thames & Hudson, London, plate 103 no.773 

this portrait was originally produced for the portfolio 'Thirty Personalities and a Self-Portrait, 1932', which also included images of Augustus John, G. K. Chesterton and Constant Lambert. Sir David Low (1891-1963) was a highly celebrated political cartoonist and satirist and Lewis was a great admirer of his work, reproducing an example of his work 'Rude Assignment' in his 1950 'Autobiography'. Low produced a cartoon featuring Wyndham Lewis in 1938 on the occasion of the Royal Academy’s rejection of his portrait of T. S. Eliot and the subsequent resignation of Augustus John. 

With thanks to Paul Edwards, Chairman, The Wyndham Lewis Memorial Trust for his assistance in the cataloguing of this work. 

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