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An original drawing by Sidney Nolan.
Coloured wax crayons on coated paper (sketch 304 x 254mm). Framed. Verso inscribed '6th October '56, London'. An original sketch by Sidney Nolan with stylised script reading 'ap' or 'ar' in lowercase. By the mid 1950s, Nolan had settled permanently in London, where he created covers for the Australian issue of the London Magazine (1962), the December 1962 issue of the poet-painter series of Australian Letters alongside Randolph Stow; and two portraits for Time magazine - Rudolf Nureyev in 1965 and Robert Lowell in 1967. He also famously designed covers for the French avant-garde magazine Verve, a series which included both Kelly themed and Italian crucifix themed images, though in the event none of these appeared on the magazine. This drawing was probably a preparatory sketch for the cover of another journal with the initials 'AR' or 'AP'. In the latter case, the letters 'ap' may also bear relation to the so-called Angry Penguins group with which Nolan was associated during the 1940s. The group had met with an unhappy demise due to the so-called Ern Malley hoax in the mid-1940s. Despite this misfortune, this sketch, produced during Nolan's time in London, may have been a nostalgic gesture to the artist's formative days in the Angry Penguins group. Provenance : Christie's London, Australian Art, 10/10/2012, lot 48 (3).
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