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Highlights from the recent catalogue
Graphic Alchemy

Albrecht Dürer, The Visitation. This original woodcut is for sale: £2500 Giovanni Antonio Canale called Il Canaletto, Mountain Landscape with five Bridges. This original etching is for sale: £6750 Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, A Gathering at a Table by Candlelight: This etching is for sale: £300
Johann Adam Klein, Herd watering. This original etching is for sale: £250 Louis Boulanger, Tiger confronting a Lion. This original lithograph has been sold Hippolyte Fauchon, A Lithographic Studio. This original lithograph has been sold.
Hedley Fitton, The Flower Market, Florence. This original etching is for sale: £600 Thomas David Hamson, Gypsy Caravan. This original etching is for sale: £85 Thomas David Hamson, Old Palace Yard. This original etching is for sale: £75
Lesser Ury, Grabender Bauer . This original drypoint is for sale: £1000 German School – Marten Lojn-Gaure, A big Wave. This original hand-printed relief print is for sale: £450 Louis Rosenberg, Santa Cecilia, Guadelupe, Spain. This original drypoint is for sale: £325 Kenneth Steel, Durham. This original etching is for sale: £500

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"The Romantic Eye" and "Every Picture tells a Strory"

 

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The Romantic Eye

For further information about Graphic Alchemy, please view the dedicated page within the Catalogues section. Printed copies of the Catalogue, published in summer 2010, are still available, priced £10.




Albrecht Dürer, The Visitation. This original woodcut is for sale: £2500

ALBRECHT DÜRER
Nuremberg 1471 – 1528 Nuremberg

Dürer began the woodcuts for ‘The Life of the Virgin’ in 1503, though they were not published as a complete series of seventeen till 1511, when they were printed with Latin text to the reverse.

The blocks continued to be reprinted without (‘after’) text until about 1600, during which time a number of small gaps developed in the borderlines, and sometimes occasional wormholes, cracks etc. However the two major cracks at the top of the block of The Visitation had developed already even before the 1511 edition.

The Visitation
Bartsch 84; Plate 9 of ‘The Life of the Virgin’
300 x 211 mm

Woodcut, c1504.
With the monogram.
A later impression, after text but still printing clearly.
A horizontal printing crease through the chins of the two pregnant Marys. Other minor defects.
Watermark: shield with a diagonal bar.

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Giovanni Antonio Canale called Il Canaletto, Mountain Landscape with five Bridges. This original etching is for sale: £6750

GIOVANNI ANTONIO CANALE
called IL CANALETTO
Venice 1697 – 1768 Venice

Mountain Landscape with five Bridges
Bromberg 22 iiA/iiB
143 x 210 mm

Original etching. The plate signed.
Second state, with the extra work, particularly at the right of the plate, to increase tonal contrast and clarify the forms of the bridge immediately behind the sleeping pilgrim and that arching high above him.
With little evident wear to the plate.
On cream laid paper, with margins.
Part of a Three Crescents watermark.

£6750

Canaletto made a number of capriccio landscapes during his earlier period, 1730-1741, imbued with an airy lightness of touch, the very essence of the rococo.

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Baron Dominique Vivant-Denon, A Gathering at a Table by Candlelight: This etching is for sale: £300

Baron DOMINIQUE VIVANT-DENON
Givry, near Chalon-sur-Saône 1747 – 1826 Paris

A Gathering at a Table by Candlelight
IBN 23 iv/iv
139 x 212 mm

Original etching with mezzotint, 1780-92.
The plate signed, and with the number 33B.
On wove paper.

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Successively a law student, comic playwright, and up to 1787 a diplomat, Denon spent much time in Italy, where he took up etching and engraving with some success.

On a brief return to Paris in 1787 he was elected to the Académie Royal de Peinture.

This little candlelit ‘conversation piece’ was probably engraved in in the years prior to the outbreak of the French Revolution, either in Naples - where Denon was French Chargé d’Affaires 1782-85, or in Rome - where he passed the years 1785-87 or at Venice, to which city he moved in 1788.

Denon would return to Paris in 1793, under the protection of the painter Jacques-Louis David. He became an habitué of the Salon of Madame de Beauharnais, where he met Napoleon. Bonaparte invited him to join the expedition to Egypt in 1798 as draughtsman, and subsequently appointed him Director of the new museum of the Louvre, a post Denon held from 1804 to 1815.

He was equally important in being the first French artist to take up the newly invented technique of lithography.

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Johann Adam Klein, Herd watering. This original etching is for sale: £250

JOHANN ADAM KLEIN
Nuremberg 1792 – 1875 Munich

Klein had early and continuing success as an etcher, publishing his first prints at the age of nineteen, in 1811.

Typical of German artists of the Romantic period he made many walking and sketching tours which supplied subjects for his etchings. His journeying included the traditional visit to Rome, where he stayed from 1819 to 1821.

He returned to Nuremberg, which remained his base until 1839, when he moved to Munich. He etched some 366 plates.

Herd watering
184 x 234 mm

Original etching, 1829.
The plate initialled and dated. On cream wove.

£250

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Louis Boulanger, Tiger confronting a Lion. This original lithograph has been sold

LOUIS BOULANGER
Vercelli, Piedmont 1806 – 1867 Dijon

Painter, lithographer and poet, Boulanger was active in the French Romantic movement. He was a close friend and associate of Victor Hugo.

Tiger confronting a Lion
227 x 306 mm (image); 275 x 358 mm (sheet)

Lithograph, lettered with the artist’s name, the title Lithographie en imitation de la manière noire (Lithograph in imitation of a mezzotint) and the details of the book* on the history of printmaking for which it was commissioned as an illustration and example of the versatility of lithography as a medium. On wove. Foxed and time-stained in the margins.

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In this bravura romantic image Boulanger has successfully recreated both the tonal effect and the texture of mezzotint.

* Histoire de la Découverte de l’Impression et de ces
Elizabeth Harvey-LeeDéveloppements
by Léon de Laborde, Tome 17:
Elizabeth Harvey-Lee“Lithographie”
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Hippolyte Fauchon, A Lithographic Studio. This original lithograph has been sold.

HIPPOLYTE FAUCHON
French painter and lithographer, exhibiting at the Salon from 1877

A Lithographic Studio
250 x 195 mm

Lithograph 1891. The stone signed and dated.

Published in the second, or more probably, third album of the ‘first’ Estampe Originale *.
With the stamp (Lugt 887a), printed recto in violet.
Numbered 21 in pencil. Probably from an edition of about 50. Impressions from the series are rare.

On thin japan with ‘laid’ lines.

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A fascinating glimpse of artists at work drawing on lithographic stones supported on sloping desks.

*L’Estampe Originale, 4 rue des Petits-Champs, Paris, was established by the director of the Société of the same name to publish small editions of artist members’ original prints.
The first ‘album’ appeared in May 1888, the second between 1888 and 1891 and the third, and final, album in May 1891.
The publication is little known and the prints published in it are of extreme rarity.
(Two years after it ceased, André Marty, 17 rue de Rome, Paris, adopted the same title, or purchased the right to use it, for his own series of nine albums of artists’ original prints, which he published in nine instalments 1893-95.)

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Hedley Fitton, The Flower Market, Florence. This original etching is for sale: £600

HEDLEY FITTON R.E.
Didsbury, Manchester 1857 – 1929 Haslemere

Fitton travelled and worked extensively in England, Scotland, France and Italy etching, with a sympathetic and knowledgeable eye, many of the most admired architectural landmarks, which he exhibited widely.

The Flower Market, Florence
Fuller pp 52-53
355 x 240 mm

Original etching, 1904.
Signed in pencil and entitled. Edition of 100.

Edge-mounted inside a sealed mount.

£600

The Mercato Nuovo or Straw Market, known locally as Il Porcellino. An impression was exhibited at the R.E. in 1904.

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Thomas David Hamson, Gypsy Caravan. This original etching is for sale: £85
 
Thomas David Hamson, Gypsy Caravan. This original etching is for sale: £85

THOMAS DAVID HAMSON
Walsall 1890 – 1964 Coventry

A little known etcher, Hamson was second master at Coventry School of Art in 1914, when, after the outbreak of war, as a conscientious objector, he was forced to resign.

In the 1920’s he turned to commercial work, and etching, travelling the countryside making pencil and crayon studies which he etched in his studio. He drew inspiration from his collection of old master prints and had a particular admiration for Rembrandt and Whistler.

He became interested in the Theosophical Society before becoming a Buddhist, living frugally. Later as a recluse, he was supported by the friendship of a silversmith, Winifred King, whom he had known since student days, and at the end of his life by a young artist, Howard Watson.

Gypsy Caravan
137 x 214 mm

Original etching. An unsigned proof. On japan.
Provenance: Howard Watson.

£85

Old Palace Yard (the artist’s studio)
135 x 214 mm

Original etching. An unsigned proof. On japan. Provenance: Howard Watson.

£75

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Lesser Ury, Grabender Bauer . This original drypoint is for sale: £1000

LESSER URY
Birnbau 1861 – 1931 Berlin

After study periods in Düsseldorf, Brussels, Paris, Stuttgart and Munich, the German Impressionist painter settled in Berlin in 1901 and exhibited with the Berlin Secession.

His favourite themes were of Berlin city life; rural subjects are less typical.

Grabender Bauer - Dutch peasant digging
Rosenbach 102
178 x 102 mm

Original drypoint, 1920. Signed in pencil.
Total edition of 130. One of 100 on cream wove.
A little time-stained.

£1000

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German School – Marten Lojn-Gaure, A big Wave. This original hand-printed relief print is for sale: £450

GERMAN SCHOOL – MARTEN LOJN-GAURE?

A big Wave
244 x 282 mm

Original hand-printed relief print.
Signed (illegibly) in pencil and annotated in German.
On japan paper with laid lines.
Unobtrusive handling defects, mainly in the margins.

£450

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Louis Rosenberg, Santa Cecilia, Guadelupe, Spain. This original drypoint is for sale: £325

LOUIS ROSENBERG A.R.E
Portland, Oregon 1890 – 1983

Rosenberg trained as an architect in Oregon. He graduated in 1914, and won a travelling scholarship to Europe. However, the outbreak of the First World War postponed the opportunity, though, in another capacity, he went to France in 1917 for two years, serving in the American army in the Camouflage Corps of the 40th Engineers.

After the war, newly married, he returned to Europe on his scholarship in 1920. At the American Academy of Rome, in 1921, Rosenberg discovered etching, under the guidance of the American etcher Robert Fulton Logan.

In Rome Rosenberg also met William Walcot, another architect-etcher, who introduced him to his own publisher H.W. Dickins.

At the end of his scholarship in 1922 Rosenberg returned to architectural practice in Oregon but continued to etch in his spare time.

It was probably as a result of seeing an illustration of one of Rosenberg’s plates in Fine Prints of the Year, 1924, that Muirhead Bone advised the American to become a full-time etcher.

He returned to Europe to attend the Royal College of Art classes of Malcolm Osborne in 1924 and in the following three years travelled widely on the continent finding architectural subjects to etch.

Santa Cecilia, Guadelupe, Spain
208 x 176 mm

Original drypoint, 1926. Signed in pencil.
The plate initialled and dated in roman numerals.
Printed in brown-black ink on cream laid paper.

£325

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Kenneth Steel, Durham. This original etching is for sale: £500

KENNETH STEEL
Sheffield 1906 – 1973

A watercolour painter, poster designer, and printmaker, Steel trained at Sheffield College of Art. He did a great deal of artwork for the railways, particularly the LNER.

This etched view of Durham was probably taken from the railway station which is high up above the city and offers a splendid panoramic view.

Durham
302 x 354 mm
Original etching & drypoint, 1935.
Signed in pencil. Edition of 60.
Printed in brown-black ink on cream wove.

£500

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