Rare pencil sketches of Gandhi to go under hammer in UK

London: Three pencil-sketches of Mahatma Gandhi by Anglo-Jewish artist Clare Winsten will go under the hammer later this month in the UK and are likely to fetch over Rs 2.2 lakh.

The rare portraits will be among 501 lots as part of Mullocks Auction House`s `Historical Documents, Autographs and Ephemera` sale at Ludlow Racecourse on January 24. The sale will also include memorabilia relating to Punjab.

Winsten`s daughter Theodora recalls her parents first met Gandhi in the 1930s when living at Hampstead (and this) led to a "remarkable series" of paintings and drawings.

There was such an empathy between them that Clare was invited to be there whenever she wanted. She also sketched Gandhi during his visit to England for the Round Table
Conference of 1930-31.

The portraits are all pencil sketches on woven paper.


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