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Lot 171: Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)

20th Century British Art

by Christie's

June 9, 2006

London, United Kingdom

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Description: Fir Tree Clearing No. 2
signed 'Hitchens' (lower left)
oil on canvas
21 x 52 in. (53.3 x 132 cm.)
Painted in 1945-6.

Notes: PROPERTY OF THE SAPUMAL FOUNDATION, COLOMBO, SRI LANKA

The Sapumal Foundation was set up by the late Harry Pieris in 1974, its galleries tracing the development of art in Sri Lanka from the 1920s to the present date. The galleries occupy the house where Mr Pieris lived and worked, the core of the collection consisting of works by the original members of the '43 Group who laid the foundation of modern art in Sri Lanka.

VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium.

Provenance: Harry Pieris, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and by descent.

Artist or Maker: Ivon Hitchens (1893-1979)

Literature: P. Heron, Ivon Hitchens, London, 1955, p. 15, pl. 24.
A. Bowness (Ed.), Ivon Hitchens, London, 1973, pl. 168.

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