George Keyt (Sri Lanka, 1901-1993) Girl with Mirror,

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Lot 118*
George Keyt
(Sri Lanka, 1901-1993)
Girl with Mirror,

Sold for US$ 38,400 inc. premium
George Keyt (Sri Lanka, 1901-1993)
Girl with Mirror, oil on canvas, signed and dated '46 lower left, lables from Momart gallery in London and another lable attesting to the provenance on the reverse of the stretcher,85.7 x 62.2cm (33 3/4 x 24 1/2in).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Private US collection; acquired from Islamic and Indian Art, Sotheby's, 25 April 1996, lot 318. Previously part of the private collection of Martin Russell who acquired the work directly from the artist.

    Martin Russell was in the British Army in Colombo and Kandy from 1942-1945, when he was posted to Singapore after the Japanese surrender. He began collecting works by Keyt and other Sri Lankan artists in Colombo in 1942. After he was stationed near Kandy he acquired a house in Sirimalwatte, near Keyt's house in Amunugama.

    On the request of Dr Mulk Raj Anand, the editor of the Bombay art magazine Marg, Russell wrote a book on the artist who was at the time living in Bombay, which was published in 1948.

    Russell lived in Sri Lanka and India from 1948 to 1953 when he returned to England with his collection of paintings.
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