John LessoreAnnonciade 1961-77

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John Lessore (born 1939)
Date 1961-77
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1022 x 1276 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Not on display

Catalogue entry

T03223 ANNONCIADE 1961–77

Inscribed ‘JVL’ (a monogram), bottom left
Oil on canvas, 40 3/8 × 50 1/8 (102.2 × 127.7)
Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1981
Prov: Purchased from the artist by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1977
Exh: RA, May–August 1977 (425); Pictures for an Exhibition, Whitechapel Art Gallery, March–May 1980 (25, dated 1977)

In response to questions, the artist sent the following account of this work on 13 February 1983.

'I think I entered for the Rome Scholarship in the winter of 1960 and the subject set was for a composition, “Night and Day”, to be 40" × 50". I did two, both were of a black and a white girl sitting on a couch. The one I submitted was shown at the Beaux Arts [Gallery, at his one-man exhibition] in 1965 -it was no.2 in the catalogue - after which I gave it to friends who still have it. These were painted at 6a Meyrick Road, Battersea - since demolished. A small painting of an armchair and the couch from the same point of view done at that time is in the possession of another friend. The couch was bought further down Meyrick Road for 10/- in 1958 or 9… (read more)

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