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Lawrence Alloway at Guntsfield, Ditchling, Sussex, 1956, Pastel on Laid Paper, Sylvia Sleigh

Lawrence Alloway at Guntsfield, Ditchling, Sussex, 1956, Pastel on Laid Paper, 9 1/2 in x 11 7/8 in

Title: Lawrence Alloway at Guntsfield, Ditchling, Sussex     
Artist: Sylvia Sleigh
Year: 
1956                                  
Drawing: Pastel on Laid Paper       
​Size: 
9 1/2" x 11 7/8"

This informal portrait of Lawrence Alloway was completed on a trip to the village of Ditchling, located several miles to the north of Brighton. Alloway had been an avid reader since childhood. When Sleigh created this portrait, Alloway was emerging as an influential art critic and curator. In the pastel, he is utterly engrossed in a book, casually slouching in his chair. In the background, several shelves of books reinforce the theme of reading. This is one of Sleigh's rare pastels, most of which were executed in 1956.

Essay provided by Andrew Hottle © 2016-17
© Estate of Sylvia Sleigh

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