STEPHENS, JAMES (1882-1950, Irish poet and novelist) PORTRAIT BY MERVYN PEAKE (1911-1968),
Lot 148
STEPHENS, JAMES (1882-1950, Irish poet and novelist) PORTRAIT BY MERVYN PEAKE (1911-1968),
Sold for £1,440 (US$ 2,351) inc. premium

Lot Details
STEPHENS, JAMES (1882-1950, Irish poet and novelist)
PORTRAIT BY MERVYN PEAKE (1911-1968),
pencil drawing, head turned to the left, signed 'Peake' and dated 38, with a portrait by Peake of a startling woman on the verso, almost certainly his wife Maeve Gilmore, 12 x 9 in (30.5 x 22.8 cm).

Footnotes

  • This is probably the portrait of Stephens by Peake, novelist, painter and poet, that was reproduced in the London Mercury, May 1938, vol. 38, no. 223, facing p. 240. Peake made a number of portraits for this publication.

    In her memoir of her husband, A World Away, 1970, Maeve Gilmore recalls that: 'Once we met James Stephens, the Irish poet, like a little leprechaun, curly haired and lively, witty and from a world of fairies, and we all went to Lyons in Leicester Squre...he did a strange little drawing which he called "Portrait of many Mervyn Peakes by his friend James Stephens. Given at this Court of Lyons Dive 1938."'

    For a portrait of Mervyn Peake see lot 117.
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