ISHERWOOD, CHRISTOPHER (1909-1986, playwright and novelist)
PORTRAIT BY MICHAEL AYRTON (1921-1975), pen, ink and brush wash drawing, head and shoulders, with a fine pencil portrait of Isherwood on the verso, c. 13 x 8 in (33 x 20.3 cm).
PROVENANCE: Acquired from the artist's family.
EXHIBITED: Cheltenham Literary Festival, Faces and Places, 1982.
Ayrton made portraits of Isherwood in California and London; Isherwood mentions two sittings in his diaries, stating that the drawings were commissioned by the publisher Methuen. See note on Ayrton at the end of the catalogue.