William Scott R.A. (1913-1989) Soldier and Girl Sleeping 41 x 51 cm. (16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

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Lot 60
William Scott R.A.
(1913-1989)
Soldier and Girl Sleeping 41 x 51 cm. (16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

Sold for £ 66,920 (US$ 92,389) inc. premium
William Scott R.A. (1913-1989)
Soldier and Girl Sleeping
signed and dated '42 (lower right),
oil on canvas
41 x 51 cm. (16 1/8 x 20 1/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    with The Leicester Galleries, London, 1943
    acquired from the above by Sheila Shannon (co editor of Soldiers' Verse), thence by descent

    Exhibited:
    London, The Arts Council of Great Britain, 4 Young British Painters (year unknown), cat.no.16
    London, The Leicester Galleries, New Year Exhibition, January 1943
    London, Imperial War Museum, William Scott: War Paintings 1942-1946, 1st February - 1st March 1981, cat.no.2

    Literature:
    W.J.Turner and Sheila Shannon (co editors), Soldiers' Verse, Frederick Muller Ltd., London, 1945, p.23

    It is late, already, it is night;
    But still they wait still spin the moments out:
    There is time yet and they rest
    Side by side on the hard station bench:
    For the train will come, will break
    These two apart and bear the half way.

    Parting in love is not so hard a thing,
    (Leaving with a crystal certitude
    Wrapping within the pain a kernel joy),
    As parting in love's echo;
    For outgoing love bears on its ebbing tide
    All things away and is more sure
    In its finality than Death.

    These two are sleeping now.
    She sleeps so lightly
    Wavering on the further verge of waking;
    But his stillness hold her firm
    In the fixed circle of his dream;
    She lies within cavities of his being
    The bright imagination of his heart
    And through his darkened eyes sees not
    The falling hand of Time,
    Nor through his sleeping ears can hear
    The tiger trains prowl in and out.

    The sleep:
    And parting has no time for them
    Nor place to hurt them in.
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