John Craxton R.A. (British, 1922-2009) Portrait of a Cretan Fisherman 59.7 x 50 cm. (23 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.)

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Lot 9AR
John Craxton R.A.
(British, 1922-2009)
Portrait of a Cretan Fisherman 59.7 x 50 cm. (23 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.)

Sold for £ 35,000 (US$ 43,604) inc. premium
John Craxton R.A. (British, 1922-2009)
Portrait of a Cretan Fisherman
tempera on canvas
59.7 x 50 cm. (23 1/2 x 19 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1960

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Acquired by the present owner prior to 1967

    EXHIBITED:
    London, The Leicester Galleries, John Craxton, May 1961, cat.no.2
    London, Whitechapel Gallery, John Craxton; Paintings and Drawings 1941-1966, January-February 1967, cat.no.82 (where lent by the present owner)

    This was one of the first pictures produced by Craxton to celebrate his move to Crete, from the island of Hydra, in 1960. In an ancient harbourside house in Chania, which would be his Greek home for the rest of his life, he set about painting with renewed vigour. On his first evening he went to dinner with Winston Churchill, Margot Fonteyn and Aristotle Onassis, but Cretan shepherds and sailors on leave from ships berthed in nearby Souda Bay would provide his favourite company and the main models for his drawings and paintings.

    We are grateful to Ian Collins for compiling this catalogue entry.
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