Alexis Preller (South African, 1911-1975)
signed with initials and dated 'A.P. 72' (lower right); bears inscription ' Gift from Alexis Preller- October 1972 a Talisman' (verso)
8 x 9.5cm (3 1/8 x 3 3/4in).
Gifted by the artist to Marlys M. Burdett (née Hanson)
Thence by descent to the current owner
Marlys Burdett was married to William C. Burdett Jnr. (1918-1995). His father William C. Burdett Snr.'s dates were erroneously listed in the catalogue footnote. When Marlys attended the Preller retrospective in Cape Town in 1972, her husband was U.S. ambassador to Malawi, his final foreign service post before retirement.