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Nolan's widow denies making art offer Lady Mary Nolan

Posted Apr 12 2013 2:44am
Nolan's widow denies making art offer Lady Mary Nolan, the widow of Australian artist Sir Sidney Nolan, said yesterday she assumed that paintings she had sold following his death belonged to him. Jinx Nolan, the artist's adopted daughter from his second marriage to Cynthia Nolan, has taken court action to recover three paintings she claims were left to her in her mother's estate after she died in 1976. Lady Nolan, the artist's third wife, was the sole beneficiary in his will after the artist died of a heart attack on November 30, 1992, at the aged of 75. Lady Nolan said she did not recall ever saying that if Jinx Nolan could prove her clarisonic coupon mother owned any works, they would be returned to her. The three painting, Italian Crucifix, Hare In Trap and Royal Hotel, were among a collection of the artist's works that Lady Nolan sold at auction last year. Lady Nolan was cross-examined in the Supreme Court yesterday over the alleged offer, but said she did not recall discussing it with her solicitor, Diana Rawstron. The court was told Ms Rawstron, recorded the offer in a letter dated February 10, 1995, after Lady Nolan had returned to Jinx Nolan a locomotive painting she discovered in 1993 with cheap clarisonic mia 2 the inscription "Cynthia. With Love Sidney". Mark Dreyfus, QC, for Lady Nolan and Sotheby's Australia, told the court his client, who is the sister of artist Arthur Boyd, previously had a "distressing" marriage to Australian artist John Perceval. Since Mr Nolan's death, she had devoted herself to establishing a trust for his work - as he had wanted - in Herefordshire in England, where they had lived. Under cross-examination by Peter Vickery, QC, Lady Nolan said she did not know how many paintings her husband had painted, but believed it could be more than 4000. Before clarisonic promotional code last year's auction, which fetched $4.4million, the court was told Lady Nolan faced a bill of 1.32million ($3.7million) from the Inland Revenue in the UK. She said she had enough to pay the bill, to settle "matters that were rather desperate" and then a small amount to live on. Sotheby's deputy director Jane Clark said she would never claim provenance of a painting was completely "water-tight". She said she knew that an exhibition of paintings held in 1975 was credited as the Cynthia Nolan collection.
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