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Algernon Newton (1880 - 1968)

Lot 114: • Algernon Newton, RA (1880-1968) Country House signed with in in

Olympia Auctions

January 25, 2017
London, United Kingdom

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• Algernon Newton, RA (1880-1968)
Country House
signed with in initials and dated l.r.: AN/23
26.5 cm by 35.3 cm;10 1/2 in by 14 in
acquired by the previous owners at Abbott & Holder in Barnes (c.late 1960s)
The present watercolour relates to a larger oil (26 by 36 inches) reproduced in Newton's photographic record of his own work now in the Tate Archive (no.41, Vol.I). That painting depicts the same house although from a different angle and is likewise unidentified (referred to as "A Country House" then crossed out and replaced with the phrase "A Conversation Piece"). The architecture possibly suggests a house in the Midlands, perhaps in Worcestershire or Shropshire. Like Newton's imposing oils, this watercolour still possesses something of the strange stillness that characterises those works. We are grateful for Henry Potts for providing his research on the present picture.

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