Little-Known Lucian Drawing For Sale

A Lucian Freud drawing not seen in public for nearly 70 years has emerged having been largely unknown to experts. It is thought to be the only self-portrait to also feature his first wife Kitty Garman. Freud drew the startlingly intense work, “Flyda and Arvid,” in 1947 and gave it shortly afterwards to his friend Sonia Brownell, best known for marrying George Orwell on his deathbed in 1949 and who was almost certainly the model for Julia in “Nineteen Eighty-Four.” After Brownell’s death the drawing was passed down through her family and is now to be sold at Sotheby’s.

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