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A Selection of Prints by Modern British Artists

JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834 – 1903 London. The “Adam and Eve”, Old Chelsea. This original etching is for sale, priced £3000 AUGUSTUS JOHN, Tenby 1878 – 1961 Fordingbridge. Self-Portrait : bust in an oval. This original etching is for sale, priced £2000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
FRANK HILL, Wandsworth 1881 – 1981. Synthesis. This original etching is sold EDMUND BLAMPIED R.E., Ville Brée, Jersey 1886 – 1966 St Aubin, Jersey. The Bathing Machine. This original drypoint is for sale, priced £950
FREDERICK AUSTIN A.R.E., Leicester 1902 – 1990 Ontario. Mill at Bures, Suffolk. This original etching is for sale, priced £300 HARRY MORLEY R.E., Leicester 1881 – 1943 London. A Perugian Balcony. This original engraving is sold HENRY MOORE, Castleford, Yorkshire 1898 – 1986 Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Two Seated Figures. This original drypoint is sold

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JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER, Lowell, Massachusetts 1834 – 1903 London. The “Adam and Eve”, Old Chelsea. This original etching is for sale, priced £3000

JAMES McNEILL WHISTLER
Lowell, Massachusetts 1834 – 1903 London

Whistler considered The “Adam & Eve”, Old Chelsea an important transitional plate between his earlier Thames Set etchings, with their clarity of line and overall minutiae of detail, and the ensuing impressionistic Venice plates.

Unbroken outline gave way to an atmospheric flickering patchwork of repeated short lines, conjuring form and light from the pattern of shadows.

The “Adam and Eve”, Old Chelsea
Kennedy 175 ii/ii; Lochnan 176; Glasgow 182 iii/iii (plate cancelled in the ‘4th’ state)
Original etching, 1878.
Third state, with the butterfly ‘monogram’ in the sky above the church tower.
Published state. First issued by Hogarth & Son 1879.
Probably a later impression (it was exhibited in exhibitions throughout the rest of Whistler’s life and in a memorial exhibition), the butterfly printing quite faintly.
On thin old laid paper, trimmed to narrow/thread margins. An unobtrusive short repaired tear at the top edge.

£3000

The Adam & Eve pub had already been demolished some years, to make way for the construction of the Chelsea Embankment in 1874, when Whistler etched this plate. He possibly used photographs or other representations as an aide memoire; seeing such images perhaps sparking his interest in recreating the old waterfront as he remembered it before its destruction.

The view is taken from old Battersea Bridge, and as printed, is in reverse.

 

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AUGUSTUS JOHN, Tenby 1878 – 1961 Fordingbridge. Self-Portrait : bust in an oval. This original etching is for sale, priced £2000

AUGUSTUS JOHN
Tenby 1878 – 1961 Fordingbridge

John’s early etchings, from 1901-02, were inspired by Rembrandt and like Rembrandt, John etched a number of self-portraits. His first etching show, in 1906, at the Chenil Galleries, for which his early plates were editioned, and new additional plates etched specially, included ten self-portraits.
All were printed in editions of 25, organised by Knewstub, director of the gallery, who also allocated numbers haphazardly to all the plates.

Self-Portrait : bust in an oval
Campbell Dodgson 9 iii/iii ; Knewstub Plate No.24
125 x 100 mm
Original etching, c1902-5.
Signed in pencil. Edition of 25. With the usual ink annotations by Knewstub, including the edition number 23/25.
Printed with platetone on laid paper with a tiny watermark of a star. A couple of slight foxmarks in the margins.

£2000

The edition of 25 comprised impressions in both the second state, with drypoint lines at the lower right extending beyond the ‘oval’, and in the third state, as here, with these lines removed.

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ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000
ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000 ROGER FRY, Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London. “Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”. This book of twelve woodcuts, published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, is for sale, priced £3000

ROGER FRY
Highgate, London 1866 – 1934 London

Bloomsbury group painter, art critic and theorist, Fry founded the Omega Workshops and championed English Post-Impressionism and the plastic qualities and formal relations in visual art.

He was only active as a woodcut artist during and just after the Omega period and these twelve woodcuts were his last works in the medium.

“Twelve Original Woodcuts by Roger Fry”
Woolmer 13
215 x 150 mm (page)
The book, hand-printed and published by Leonard & Virginia Wolf at the Hogarth Press, Hogarth House, Richmond, 1921. A single woodcut printed to each sheet, each preceding sheet blank except for the plate number and title in red.
Printed on deep cream textured substantial wove paper. Lacking the marbled cover (though with a modern ‘substitute’); two sheets loose from the sewing. Generally very good condition, a pale small waterstain just affecting part of the outside sheet edge of a few pages. The title page with off-set staining at the edges from the missing wrappers.

£3000

Virginia Woolf noted in her diary for the 12th April 1921

Roger [came in] again last night, scraping at his woodcuts while I sewed; the sound like that of a large pertinacious rat.

And on the 25 November she wrote

Roger’s woodcuts, 150 copies, have been gulped down in two days. I have just finished stitching the last copies – all but six.

In a letter of 2 December 1921 she commented that

another [edition is] to be printed, folded, stitched and bound instantly.

By the 30 December 1921 she noted that the book had gone into a third (and final) printing.

The woodcuts comprise:

I Self-Portrait
II The Striped Dress
III Still Life
IV The Grotto
V Ste Agnès
VI The Novel
VII Langle sur l’Anglin
VIII The London Garden
IX Two Nudes
X Interior
XI Dessert
X Iris and Vase

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FRANK HILL, Wandsworth 1881 – 1981. Synthesis. This original etching is sold

FRANK HILL
Wandsworth 1881 – 1981

A watercolour painter, designer and etcher, Frank Hill trained at Putney School of Art and at the Central. He exhibited between 1926 and 1930 at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Manchester City Art Gallery annual salons.

Synthesis
151 x 223 mm
Original etching, 1920.
The plate monogrammed. Signed in pencil.
The sheet numbered in the extreme lower left corner, 32. No edition size is specified.
On cream wove.

Sold

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EDMUND BLAMPIED R.E., Ville Brée, Jersey 1886 – 1966 St Aubin, Jersey. The Bathing Machine. This original drypoint is for sale, priced £950

EDMUND BLAMPIED R.E.
Ville Brée, Jersey 1886 – 1966 St Aubin, Jersey

The Bathing Machine
Subsequent to Campbell Dodgson; Arnold & Appleby 119
177 x 224 mm
Original drypoint, September 1926.
The plate signed and dated. Signed in pencil and numbered 19/100.
On cream laid paper watermarked ‘David Strang’. (Strang printed the edition.)

£950

One of Blampied’s Ostend subjects.

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FREDERICK AUSTIN A.R.E., Leicester 1902 – 1990 Ontario. Mill at Bures, Suffolk. This original etching is for sale, priced £300

 

FREDERICK AUSTIN A.R.E.
Leicester 1902 – 1990 Ontario

Frederick followed his elder brother, Robert Austin, to the Royal College of Art in London, following initial training at Leicester School of Art. Frederick too was awarded the Prix de Rome, in 1927.

Mill at Bures, Suffolk
114 x 275 mm
Original etching, 1927.
The plate signed and dated. Signed and dated in pencil and numbered 1/50.
On cream laid paper.

£300

A mill had been on this site at Bures for a thousand years, but the mill house etched by Austin dates from 1650. The mill buildings still stand but are no longer in use.

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HARRY MORLEY R.E., Leicester 1881 – 1943 London. A Perugian Balcony. This original engraving is sold

 

HARRY MORLEY R.E.
Leicester 1881 – 1943 London

Of the preceding generation, Morley, like the two Austin brothers, also attended Leicester School of Art, where, in 1900, he won a Royal College of Art scholarship in architectural studies. He was articled to an architect in 1905 but a visit to Italy in 1907 decided him to become a painter instead. In 1908 he went to Paris to study.
He exhibited at the Royal Academy from 1909. Morley probably took up etching about 1923-24, during the Etching ‘Boom’ and in 1928, at the suggestion of Robert Austin, he turned to engraving.

A Perugian Balcony
176 x 125 mm
Original engraving, 1931.
Signed in pencil. Edition of 60. On cream wove paper.

Sold

A rather nice contrast between the prosaic title and the pet monkey and still life group inside the room.

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HENRY MOORE, Castleford, Yorkshire 1898 – 1986 Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. Two Seated Figures. This original drypoint is sold

 

HENRY MOORE
Castleford, Yorkshire 1898 – 1986
Much Hadham, Hertfordshire

The greatest British sculptor of the 2oth century, Moore’s activity as a printmaker was infrequent and sporadic before the 1960’s. He tried etching briefly in 1951, under the tutelage of Merlyn Evans.

This little experimental plate from 1951 (not editioned until 1977), still with intimations of surrealism, is related to his contemporary metal sculpture. The small heads recall those of his Standing Figures of 1950, inspired by photographs he had seen of tall African tribesmen, while the general theme and the particular stance of the left hand figure, anticipate his sculptures of seated figures 1952-53, such as King and Queen.

Two Seated Figures
Cramer 35, only state
73 x 124 mm
Original drypoint, 1951.
As issued 1977. The only formal edition. Edition of 50.
Signed in pencil and numbered 17/50.
On cream laid paper, a little mount-stained.

Sold

Only 2 proofs were printed in 1951. A further 5 proofs were printed in 1962 and 8 in 1969.

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