Poppet signed 'John' (upper left) oil on canvas 76.2 x 56 cm. (30 x 22 in.)
Poppet Pol (1912-1997) was the eldest daughter of Augustus John and his second wife Dorelia McNeill. The name 'Poppet' came from her half-brother Caspar, who exclaimed 'What a little poppet!' when introduced to his new baby sister. She was to have been called Elizabeth Anne.
In their book The Art of Augustus John Malcolm Easton and Michael Holroyd remark that Poppet inherited '..Dorelias exquisite bone-structure.' (Secker & Warburg, London, 1974, p.182), which is strikingly apparent in Johns portrait The Artists Daughter, Poppet (The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne) and the present lot. John continually drew and painted his children but only a few examples exist today of his two daughters Poppet and Vivian, compared to the body of work devoted to his sons.
After two short-lived marriages Poppet married the dutch artist Willem Pol (known simply as 'Pol') in 1952. He had one daughter Talitha, who married Paul Getty Jnr. After Talithas premature death in 1971, Poppet took care of Talithas son Tara and raised him as her own (she had been unable to have children herself). Pol died in 1988 and Poppet lived out the rest of her days in the home they had built together near St Tropez.
A comparable portrait of Poppet by John was sold in these rooms on 6 March this year for £71,000.