Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977) Pickering Castle 14.4 x 9.8 cm. (5 5/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

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Keith Vaughan
(British, 1912-1977)
Pickering Castle 14.4 x 9.8 cm. (5 5/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Sold for £ 9,375 (US$ 11,679) inc. premium
Keith Vaughan (British, 1912-1977)
Pickering Castle
signed and dated 'Keith Vaughan/45' (lower left); titled and dated again 'Pickering Castle 1945' (on a label attached to the backboard)
pencil, gouache, crayon and ink
14.4 x 9.8 cm. (5 5/8 x 3 7/8 in.)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Prof. John Ball
    Private Collection, U.K.

    EXHIBITED:
    London, Barbican Art Gallery, A Paradise Lost, The Neo-Romantic Imagination in Britain 1935-55, 21 May-19 July 1987, cat.no.352 (where lent by Prof. John Ball)

    Vaughan was stationed at Eden Camp in Yorkshire for much of the war; he worked as a labourer, an assistant German interpreter and looked after prisoners of war. Having no studio in which to paint, he abandoned oil painting altogether and worked on small-scale works on paper when and where he could. His subjects were his daily army life and the surrounding landscape in which he found himself. Pickering was a cycle ride away from the barracks and Vaughan made several gouache paintings of the castle, keep and surrounding buildings. This architectural structure held such a fascination for him that he returned some years after the war and, having made several drawings, produced an oil painting of it.

    We are grateful to Gerard Hastings for compiling this catalogue entry. His book, Keith Vaughan: The Photographs, has recently been published by Pagham Press.
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