Portrait of Leonard Marchant and Siegbert Eike as Saul and David signed 'L. Marchant' and dated '48' (lower left) oil on canvas 64 x 58 cm. (25¼ x 22¾ in.)
Provenance: The collection of Sigbert Eicke & Rudolf von Frieling; Bequeathed to Albert Adams (1929-2006); A private collection.
Leonard Marchant was born in Cape Town. He studied at St Martin's College and then at the Central School of Arts and Crafts, London. He is perhaps best known for his work in mezzotint.
Sigbert Eicke, a dealer in antique prints and patron of Marchant's, and his partner Rudolf von Frieling were close friends of Irma Stern. They were owners of a significant collection of Stern's work, including a painted cabinet, much of which is now in the collection of the Irma Stern Museum. A portrait of Eicke, painted by Stern in 1943 and presenting him with a portfolio in his hands, also hangs in the Irma Stern Museum (cat. no. 640).