Hotel by the Sea

John Craxton (1922 - 2009)

Blackand white chalk on paper

26 July 1946

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  • About the artist
    John Craxton was born in London, the son of composer Harold Craxton. He studied in Paris during 1939, but the war meant he completed his studies in London, at Westminster and Central Schools of Art. From 1941-1942, having been rejected for military service, he attended Goldsmiths College, before touring Pembrokeshire with Graham Sutherland in 1943. His first solo exhibition was in London in 1942. Craxton visited Greece for the first time in 1946 and travelled around the Cyclades and Dodecanese Islands. In 1948 he made his first visit to Crete, where he settled permanently in 1977, while retaining a studio in London. He has exhibited widely in both England and Greece. A major retrospective show was held at Whitechapel Art Gallery in 1967.
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    Title
    Hotel by the Sea
    Date
    26 July 1946
    Medium
    Blackand white chalk on paper
    Dimensions
    height: 49.50 cm, width: 65.00 cm
    Acquisition
    Purchased from Sotheby's, 22 June 1977
    Inscription
    Signed with initial and dated, tl: 26.7.46
    Provenance
    Sold through Sotheby's, London, 'Modern British Drawings, Paintings and Sculpture' sale, on 22 June 1977 (Lot 138); from which sale purchased by the Department of the Environment
    GAC number
    13321