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Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:50 PM

Artist's 'lost' erotic drawings worth 2m discovered

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Duncan Grant: Artist's 'lost' erotic drawings worth £2m discovered

Hundreds of explicit drawings by Duncan Grant, one of Britain's most famous mid-20th Century painters, have been found under a bed. "Everybody thought they had been destroyed," said Darren Clarke, head of collections at Charleston, the Sussex farmhouse where Grant lived and worked. In fact, the collection of mostly male sexual encounters was passed from lover to lover, friend to friend, in secret. The 422 works on paper are "a revelation", Dr Clarke said.

..."That is the fate of a lot of queer history," said Dr Clarke. "Relatives have destroyed it to protect the reputations of the person who has died or the family as a whole." However, the truth was they were rescued and eventually passed to theatre designer Norman Coates 11 years ago. And where did he keep them? "Under my bed," he said. "It's rather appropriate isn't it?"

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AllaN01Bear Oct 2020 #1
Ferrets are Cool Oct 2020 #2
Duncan Grant Oct 2020 #7
Celerity Oct 2020 #3
Duncan Grant Oct 2020 #5
marble falls Oct 2020 #4
Duncan Grant Oct 2020 #6
littlemissmartypants Oct 2020 #8

Response to Duncan Grant (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 12:59 PM

1. ohm myyy.

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Response to Duncan Grant (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 01:02 PM

2. "It's rather appropriate isn't it?"

Or a closet.

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #2)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 08:41 PM

7. It's a miracle the drawings survived.

FYI: John Singer Sargentís letters were burned by his sister.

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Response to Duncan Grant (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 03:57 PM

3. 'they lived in squares, painted in circles and loved in triangles'

Dorothy Parker on the Bloomsbury Group.

One of my all-time favourite quotes on art and intellectual endeavours.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #3)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 08:32 PM

5. That's a great quote - thanks!

I thought I knew all of the best Dorothy Parker quips ó I was wrong.

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Response to Duncan Grant (Original post)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 05:52 PM

4. Very important and valuable cache to have been kept under someone's bed ...










An extremely interesting portraitist and person.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #4)

Thu Oct 8, 2020, 08:36 PM

6. A fascinating life.

Thanks for the additional photos!

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Response to Duncan Grant (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 04:03 AM

8. Wow!

Another self portrait

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