Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Steadman's Skyline

Ralph Steadman's fanciful Skyline fixes an ornate dome and cupola atop a modern office tower. The incongruous clash of architectural styles is the apparent subject of the drawing.

 Ralph Idris Steadman (b. 1936), Skyline 
signed 'Ralph Steadman' (lower left) 

ink and wash on paper 
21 x 15¾ in. (53.3 x 40 cm.)

Special Notice Artist's Resale Right ("droit de Suite"). If the Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer also agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent. 

Provenance Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner.

Estimate 800-1200 GBP 
(US $1,200-1,800; 900-1,300 Euros)
Christie's South Kensington 
6 September 2011, 
Lot 1469

Dome of St. Paul's Cathedral, London. This may not be an exact match for what Steadman has drawn.
Image added June 23, 2012
Note:  Alice illustrator Ralph Steadman was featured memorably last year in my inexplicably popular A Mad Tea Party blog post.


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