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The Male Form / Paul Cadmus (1904-1999) Portrait of Jon F. Anderson 23 3/4 x 19 in. (60.3 x 48.3 cm.) (Executed in 1987.)

Lot 37
Paul Cadmus
Portrait of Jon F. Anderson
7 June 2022, 10:00 EDT
New York

Sold for US$5,100 inc. premium

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Paul Cadmus (1904-1999)

Portrait of Jon F. Anderson
signed 'Cadmus' (lower right) and dated 'Jan 1987' (lower right)
crayon on tracing paper, unframed
23 3/4 x 19 in. (60.3 x 48.3 cm.)
Executed in 1987.


Estate of the artist, 1999.
Jon F. Anderson, (1937-2018), Weston, Connecticut, by descent from the above, 1999.
Estate of the above, 2018.
Sale, Lark Mason Associates presented on iGavel Auctions, New York, April 28-May 19, 2020, lot 5719033, sold by the above.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

The model in the present work has been identified as Jon Farquhar Anderson (1937-2018), a former singer and actor and Cadmus' lover. Cadmus and Anderson met in 1965 and began a relationship that lasted until Cadmus' death in 1999. Throughout their relationship, Anderson served as Cadmus' model and muse, appearing in an exhaustive portion of Cadmus' oeuvre. Often times, Cadmus used the inscription 'NM' in his signature followed by a number as part of a self-kept inventory system. The 'NM' stood for 'Nantucket Man' and is a reference to Nantucket, Massachusetts where the couple met.

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