Amacuzac - Group of Figures signed and dated 'Vaughan/59' (lower right) gouache and pastel 46 x 37.5 cm. (18 x 14 3/4 in.)
Provenance: J. Holt Esq. Thence by descent
Exhibited: Oxford, Bear Lane Gallery, 3 October 1960, no.2
In 1959, the artist travelled to Mexico with his lover Ed so that they might get to know one another but unfortunately the relationship failed and the latter flew home leaving Vaughan. However, within hours of Ed's departure, he met and fell in love with a sandal-maker from Amacuzac and they were inseparable for the duration of his trip. In his Journals, he says "By far the most interesting thing about this city for me is the beauty of the people... The gentle shelving back from the chin to forehead with the eyebrows folded like small wings. Disdainful lips, steady gaze, a warm sudden smile like a lotus flower opening. I can think of no city in which I have seen such continual beauty" (Keith Vaughan, Journals 1939-1977, John Murray Publishers Ltd., London, 1989, p.109).