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Lot 1 (Modern British and 20th Century Art - Live Online, 10th June 2020)

*John Aldridge RA (1905-1983)

*John Aldridge RA (1905-1983)

15.5 x 24cm

Provenance: The estate of Tony Venison.
From the artist's studio and estate; with the Fry Art Gallery 2010.

There is a similar drawing in the Fry Art Gallery permanent collection cat. no. 2090.

*Artist's Resale Right may apply to this lot.

We are delighted to present for auction works from the estate of Tony Venison. Tony was the Gardens Editor of ‘Country Life’ magazine for many years and visited many of the country’s greatest gardens. Through his interest in horticulture, he became friendly with Cedric Morris. His home, Hill House in Sudbury was a short drive to Cedric’s East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing in Hadleigh near Dedham, and after meeting Morris in 1971, he became a frequent visitor to Benton End. He soon got to know many of the artists living and working there and began to build up his own collection including works by Morris. Tony sought out Cedric Morris as a fellow gardener, and Cedric used to tell him ‘it is such a relief to talk about plants’ (‘Benton End Remembered’, compiled and edited by Gwynneth Reynolds and Diana Grace, Unicorn Press, 2002, p.109). But he also had a huge appreciation of Morris’s paintings. Tony remarked ‘What Cedric strove for in his irises was there in the pictures in his extraordinary colour sense. The colour was so singular they made your eyes pop’. (Ibid, p.112). In the other direction, he was also near to Great Bardfield, another local artistic community where he encountered John Aldridge and the Bawdens. Tony was an avid art collector and over many years amassed an important collection of 20th Century works including works by John Craxton and John Nash. We presented a selection for sale on behalf of Tony in October 2019, however, like any true collector he couldn’t relinquish everything, retaining his favourite pieces as he downsized. Tony sadly passed away shortly after that sale and we now present the remainder of his collection alongside art books from his library.

£250 - £350

Buyer's premium: 30.00% (inclusive of VAT, where applicable)

Droit de suite may apply to this lot

Condition report

Not viewed out of glazed frame.
Some very light creasing to corners.


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The auction details are as follows:

Auction: Modern British and 20th Century Art - Live Online, 10th June 2020



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