Friday, 1 May 2015

Astronaut with a one inch hole

Thanks to Boo Gilbraith I was sent the above picture with the story that this oil painting by Dave Pearson, clearly from the Astronaut series of 1960, was sold for £320 last week at an auction at Cheffins in Cambridge.

£320 might seem like a major bargain, and it is of course, but the painting was (to quote the catalogue) 'found in a barn and had a one inch hole in it and was in a dirty and distressed condition. Needs a proper frame'. 

Apparently it is signed on the reverse 'D. Pearson/Rome and Abbey in Painting' - Dave's submission for the Rome and Abbey Scholarship.

So, a fascinating story and thank you, Boo. I wonder what the events were that led to an early student work by Dave Pearson ending up in a barn?

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