Louis William Wain (British, 1860-1939) The maypole 57.1 x 82.5 cm. (22 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.)

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Lot 146
Louis William Wain
(British, 1860-1939)
The maypole 57.1 x 82.5 cm. (22 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.)

Sold for £ 30,000 (US$ 41,747) inc. premium
Louis William Wain (British, 1860-1939)
The maypole
signed 'Louis Wain'
oil on canvas
57.1 x 82.5 cm. (22 1/2 x 32 1/2 in.)
the lot also includes a copy of the advertising postcard featuring the work and copies of the board meeting minutes relating to its commission.

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Copley Marshall Ltd.

    The present work was commissioned from Wain in 1905 by Copley Marshall Ltd., a Huddersfield based dying and mercerising company where it was reproduced as an advertising postcard for their 'Wildspur Lustre Yarns'. The minutes of the board meeting on 30th January 1905 record:

    "Mr Ashburner's scheme of advertising by showcard and picture postcard be adopted and that Mr Ashburner be instructed to obtain an oil painting by Louis Wain for this purpose..".

    It was further recorded at the same meeting that a sum of £500 was approved for this advertising scheme.
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