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Wystan Curnow 1942
pencil, 325 x 265 mm
Wystan and Susan Curnow Collection
When Rita Angus stayed with friends Betty and Allen Curnow, she became fond of their young son Wystan. She made two drawings of him – the first in 1941 and the second the year after, when the first was damaged.
Betty Curnow recalled Rita working on the first portrait: ‘Rita spent the afternoon drawing Wystan – she sketched onto the paper without preliminary sketches and worked very fast.’
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