Stanley William Hayter watercolour painting drawn in pen and ink with watercolour. It is signed and titled, and has been dated ’45 at lower middle by Hayter. Inscribed ‘To John Christien’ in the upper left corner of the image. There is a some text on the verso, but it may have been written by the framer. The drawing is faded from sun exposure, please look at the photos carefully, else good.
Image size 430 x 560 mm (17 x 22 inches)
Page size 440 x 570 mm (17 x 22.5 inches)
Is this the original owner to whom the picture is dedicated? The John E. Christian House (1954), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, represents a pristine example of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian architecture. It may make sense as S.W.Hayter did live in the United States.
Another contender could be the father of John Christien, they both shared the same name. John Christien senior was a Navel Officer who lived in Colchester, Essex. His son, John Christien (1942-2016) was an art historian and wrote several books on the Pre-Raphalites and curated the exhbition The Last Romantics (Barbican Art Gallery, 1989).