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  • The Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.

    The present work arrives at auction from the collection of pioneering Virginia-based philanthropists Pamela and William Royall, prominent collectors of 20th century and contemporary art in the American South.  The collection reflects their broad interests, from well-known artists from the 20th century to emerging and established Black artists. Committed arts patrons and forces of change in Richmond, the Royalls spearhead the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Rumors of War as board members of the institution and were instrumental to the museum’s expansion of the diversity of its collection. Believing in a vision of greater inclusivity for Richmond, the Royalls established a non-profit art gallery for the collection, Try-me, which was open without charge to the public, which fostered a space for local artists and education.  

    • Provenance

      Gary Snyder Fine Art, New York
      Acquired from the above by the present owners

    • Exhibited

      New York, Garth Greenan Gallery, Ralph Humphrey, September 13–October 27, 2012

    • Literature

      Betsy Sussler, “Ralph Humphrey”, BOMB Magazine, no. 11, January 1, 1985, p. 25 (illustrated, p. 26)
      Ralph Humphrey, exh. cat., Gary Snyder Gallery, New York, 2012, pp. 6, 14, 60 (illustrated, p. 15)

Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.


For Norman

signed, titled and dated “RALPH HUMPHREY 1977 “For Norman”” on the reverse
casein and modeling paste on canvas
48 x 48 x 6 1/4 in. (121.9 x 121.9 x 15.9 cm)
Executed in 1977.

Full Cataloguing

$18,000 - 22,000 

Sold for $27,720

Contact Specialist

Patrizia Koenig
Associate Specialist, Head of New Now Sale
20th Century & Contemporary Art pkoenig@phillips.com

New Now

New York Auction 3 March 2021