Mar 31, 2022 - Sale 2599

Sale 2599 - Lot 14

Price Realized: $ 11,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Sketch of a Boy).

Charcoal on thin buff wove paper, 1937. 281x228 mm; 11 5/8x9 inches. Signed and dated "Nov. '37" in charcoal, lower right. With numerous artist's notations in pencil at the sheet edges.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent to the current owner, private collection.

This intimate drawing of a seated boy appears to be a preliminary study for Hughie Lee-Smith's 1938 oil painting Portrait of a Boy. It is a scarce example of a drawing from his Cleveland period of the late 1930s when Lee-Smith was studying at the Cleveland School of Art and developing an interest in social realism.