Mandolines and Guitars

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Mandolines and Guitars

Mandolines and Guitars (aka Drawing of Party), undated, suggest 1925–6
Pencil, 33.0 cm x 43.2 cm

This party scene in the style of the endpieces for T. E. Lawrence's Seven Pillars of Wisdom, with musicians, naked dancers and drinking, seems to include references to Ingres's Le Bain turc.
PROVENANCE: Desmond Coke > Sotheby's 23 July 1931 (lot 136, with Spanish Melody c.1925–6 and Night Alarm 1925–6; £5 10s.) > 'Bernard, St.'

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