Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) "Gwastadnant",
Lot 11AR
Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006) Gwastadnant 121.8 x 121.3 cm. (48 x 47 3/4 in.)
Sold for £37,250 (US$ 58,467) inc. premium

Lot Details
Sir Kyffin Williams R.A. (British, 1918-2006)
Gwastadnant
signed with initials 'KW.' (lower right)
oil on hessian
121.8 x 121.3 cm. (48 x 47 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1971

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired by the family of the present owner circa 1970s

    EXHIBITED:
    Cardiff, National Museum of Wales, Kyffin Williams, March-May 1987, cat.no.33; this exhibition later toured to Llandudno, Mostyn Art Gallery, May-July 1987 and Swansea, Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, August-September 1987
    Llangefni, Oriel Ynys Mon, Kyffin Williams Landscapes, June-August 1995, cat.no.12

    Gwastadnant, a hamlet located in Caernarfonshire, Wales, was depicted by Williams in at least three further paintings: Winter in Gwastadnant, Gwastadnant 1 (Bonhams, 17 November 2010, £25,200 ) and Snow at Gwastadnant (Bonhams, 6 July 2011, £33,600) . The present composition is the largest and arguably most successful of the four and was selected by Williams to be printed in a linocut edition entitled Cottages at Gwastadnant.
Auction information

The 29 May sale was the departments most successful auction to date making almost £5m.

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