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Roll Up!, circa 1950
Framed (ref: 5584)
Watercolour, ink and collage,
13 1/2 x 33 in. (34.2 x 84 cm)
Provenance: in the artist’s possession until 1979; thence with
his wife Eleanor Christie-Chatterley until 2012.
Literature: Buckman, David, Nature and Humanity, The Work
of Fyffe Christie, 1918:1979, Sansom & Co, 2004
This design was made into a a stained glass panel by Christie as a test piece for Whitefriars. Fyffe Christie had learned about stained glass probably from Sadie Mc Lellan the celebrated stained glass artist, married to Walter Pritchard . He did not get on with Whitefriars and stayed only a short time.
Christie studied at Glasgow School of Art, 1946-50, mural painting under Walter Pritchard. He gained the Newberry Medal in 1950 and a post-diploma year's study. After a period teaching and a six-month travelling scholarship - to which period this watercolour dates - Christie resumed teaching and completed many murals, including Glasgow University and the Iona Community House. With his wife Eleanor, a sculptor, he moved to London in 1957 and again taught, while completing murals and much other work.
We are grateful to Eleanor Christie-Chatterley for assistance.