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Lot 144

Blair Hughes-Stanton, British 1902-1981 - Myth IV, 1936; tempera on canvas, inscribed with initials,...

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Lot 144

Blair Hughes-Stanton, 
British 1902-1981 - 
Myth IV, 1936; 
tempera on canvas, inscribed with initials,...

Price Realised: £7,216

Estimate: £2,000 - £2,500

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 144


Blair Hughes-Stanton, 
British 1902-1981 - 

Myth IV, 1936; 

tempera on canvas, inscribed with initials, title and date on the reverse of the stretcher 'BHS Myth IV 1936', 51 x 61 cm (ARR) 

the Estate of the Artist 

Blair Hughes Stanton was one of the most acclaimed artists in Britain during the interwar era, known for his role in the revival of wood engraving in Modern art. He studied under Leon Underwood at his Brook Green School alongside Henry Moore and Eileen Agar, where he developed a unique visual language, creating works that were a celebration of love and physicality. Alongside his first wife, Gertrude Hermes, Hughes Stanton became a much sought-after book illustrator, his wood engravings featuring in books by his friend D.H. Lawrence and T.E. Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'. 

The Myth series of paintings relates to the artist's relationship with Ida Graves, poet, novelist and associate of the Bloomsbury Group, with whom Hughes-Stanton started the Gemini Press in 1933. Their first book together was 'Epithalamion: a poem'. 

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.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over £1,000 as follows:
0 to £50,000 - 4%
£50,000.01 to £200,000 - 3%
£200,000.01 to £350,000 - 1%
£350,000.01 to £500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding £500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at £12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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