An eclectic mix of book collecting and dealing, gay life, gay sex, science fiction and victorian photographs
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Regular readers will know that I am rather partial to buying lots at auction which contains someone's artistic remains. Usually this is an art student from the 1940s who never made a career of their study but kept all their sketches and life drawings until the day they died and then, sadly, they end up at auction. The quality is variable but there is usually something charming and appealing about such work. This latest bundle I think is something a little different. I have easily over one hundred watercolour sketches by someone who, although he/she signs most of them, I simply cannot decipher. They are often dated too and come from the late 1970s and early 80s. Many are almost postcard size and don't appear to have been intended as more than sketches - perhaps this artists body of full-scale work is being disposed of in some other way - I will probably never know. What I do know is that this person had a remarkable facility, each one is like a little jewel and I feel this was the bargain of the day at that auction.
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