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Amy Nimr (b. 1898)

Lot 397: * Nimr (Amy, 1898-). Abstract Composition, c.

Dominic Winter Auctions

February 8, 2012
Near Cirencester, United Kingdom

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* Nimr (Amy, 1898-). Abstract Composition, c. 1950s, oil on canvas, signed lower right, 61 x 46cm (24 x 18ins), contemporary frame. The Anglo-Egyptian Amy Nimr was the daughter of the famous Arab newspaper mogul Faris Nimr, the pro-British Syrian Nationalist. She studied Fine Art at the Slade in London, and held her first exhibition in 1925. In 1932 she married the English Walter Smollett, the Oriental Secretary at the British Residency, and brother-in-law of George Antonius, author of The Arab Awakening. The tragic loss of the couple's only son in 1943 was recounted in disguised form in Olivia Manning's The Danger Tree, the first of her Levant Triology. (1)
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