Rejected? No, Accepted!

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Rejected? No, Accepted!

Rejected? No, Accepted! (aka Accepted), c.1938
(also dated 1920, Worthing Art Gallery 1972)
Pencil and watercolour, squared, 27.3 cm x 33.7 cm

A satire in response to the rejection of Wyndham Lewis's portrait of T. S. Eliot by the Royal Academy hanging committee in 1938. Augustus John resigned from the RA in support of Lewis. 'WR proposes a happier state of affairs in which John paints a portrait of Lewis and submits it to a hanging committee of Wyndham Lewises' – John Roberts, note in the Tate archive.
PROVENANCE: Sotheby's 13 Nov. 1985 (£5,000) > ? > Sotheby's 14 Oct. 1987 (£4,950)
EXHIBITION HISTORY: Redfern Gallery 1942, Worthing 1972, Albemarle Gallery 1989

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