Magick Land- An Italian Journey

Our winter exhibition for London Art Week in December 2019 was held at Charles Beddington Ltd in Savile Row, Mayfair by the kind invitation of Charles Beddington. The centrepiece of the show was an important drawing by Thomas Jones, which was an early sale to a US institution. We are always pleased to sell drawings on behalf of their owners for a competitive commission and with great discretion.

The Welsh artist’s reputation for strikingly original Italian work has soared in recent years, notably after the landmark exhibition Thomas Jones (1742-1803) An Artist Rediscovered in 2003 (at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, the National Gallery, London and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester) reinstated his reputation as one of the most idiosyncratic and innovative eighteenth-century British artists. In his lively and informative memoirs Italian Journal, Jones expressed his joy at travelling through Italy, recording the 'new and uncommon Sensations I was filled [with] on my first traversing this beautiful and picturesque Country ... It appeared Magick Land’.

The drawing which we sold for a private collector who had bought it from the Leger Gallery 30 years or so ago, once belonged to Iolo Williams (1890-1962) the author of Early English Watercolours published in 1952, the bible of the field, who left a large part of his collection to the British Museum. He took a keen interest in Welsh matters, serving on the Council of the National Museum of Wales and on the Welsh Committee of the Arts Council.

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