Private View invitation to Stephen Tennant. Drawings and Watercolours

Private View invitation to Stephen Tennant. Drawings and Watercolours
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Anthony d'Offay. London. 23 June 1976. Folded invitation card with illustration to front, with a list of exhibited artworks and two press images loosely inserted. English. 145 x 200mm. 0.1kg. . Near fine.

The invitation for the private view of Stephen Tennant's watercolours and drawings at the Anthony d'Offay Gallery on Bond Street. Interest in Tennant was revived in the 1970s when a new audience looked back with nostalgia at the twenties and thirties. Tennant became a flamboyant symbol of a vanished age, thus the famous Wilsford bridge image with Tennant, Whistler, Beaton, Georgia Sitwell, Walton and  Teresa Jungman graces the front of the invitation. Philip Hoare writes in his biography 'Unfortunately, despite cajolements from friends and relatives, Stephen couldn't be persuaded to come up for the private view on 24 [sic] June, which was announced on a splendid invitation card illustrated with a reproduction of the famous 'Wilsford Bridge' photograph of Stephen and his bright young friends.' From the collection of Colin Clark, with the folding list of work and two related press images.  [Hoare, Philip. Serious Pleasures. P.387-8]