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The Summer Moon -  LEE-HANKEY

The Summer Moon
WILLIAM LEE-HANKEY
British, (1869-1952)
Etching and aquatint on zinc with cartridge paper ground, 1905, Hardie 21; edition 75 in color and 25 in monocrome. 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate with the artist's monogram, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is very good other than for a faint suggestion of a mat line from an earlier mount. The artist studied at the Royal College of Art and during the early years of the 20th century he was working in France, notably in Brittany and Normandy. He maintained a studio at the Etaples art colony. In 1912, he established the School of Colour Printing in Hammersmith with Nelson Dawson.
$900

A Dell, Helmingham Park, Suffolk -  LUCAS

A Dell, Helmingham Park, Suffolk
DAVID LUCAS
British, (1802-1881)
Mezzotint, 1830, Shirley 12, a proof before letters; edition unknown. 7 x 8 3/4 in. Unsigned. This is a very fine impression printed on chine appliqué. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. Lucas and Constable worked closely together in the making of these collaborative English landscape mezzotints. The published version was issued in the first part of "Various Sujects of Landscapes, Characteristic of English Scenery."
SOLD

Low Tide (London) -  LUMSDEN

Low Tide (London)
ERNEST S. LUMSDEN
British, (1883-1948)
Etching, 1921, Lumsden 221; edition 50. 9 1/4 x 13 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed and numbered in ink. This impression printed by the artist and is so inscribed, "imp." Here we have a superb, atmospheric impression printed on a fine 19th century sheet of laid paper (watermarked "Stacey Wiseman 1885"). The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Lumsden's London views are rare as he etched only seven such subjects. This exceptional print shows St. Paul's and the city as seen from Southwark. Lumsden's book, The Art of Etching, is a landmark publication first published in 1925. It's been a starting point for most British print enthusiasts over the years, myself included.
$1,250

September Sunset -  MCBEY

September Sunset
JAMES MCBEY
Scottish, (1883-1959)
Etching, 1928, Hardie/Carter 241, edition 80 plus 12 trial proofs. 8 7/8 x 17 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower left. Signed and numbered in ink below. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on cream laid paper with an elaborate fleur-de-lis watermark. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a couple of small repaired tears in the margin edges and some light toning within an earlier mat opening. The catalogue describes the view as follows, "Venice is seen from the Canale di San Marco near the Public Gardens. Towards the center on the left is San Giorgio Maggiore, and beyond, to the right, dimly glittering in the light of the setting sun, the Salute."
SOLD

The Pool -  MCBEY

The Pool
JAMES MCBEY
Scottish, (1883-1959)
Etching, 1914, Hardie/Carter 150, edition 50 plus several trial proofs. 9 1/2 x 14 1/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed and numbered (VIII) in ink. This is a fine impression from the published state with wide (full?) margins. The condition is very good apart from very faint toning within an earlier mat opening. This Whistlerian London view shows the Pool of London from a warehouse near the south end of the Tower Bridge looking north.
$950

The Witches Fire -  MOONY

The Witches Fire
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, small edition. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered "6" in pencil from an unknown edition. This is a superb impression with full but typically narrow margins. The condition is very good other than thin paper attached on all sides around the margin edges which we feel has been there from early on. Moony produced wonderful color woodcuts which relate to children's tales set in picturesque landscapes. More research needs to be done on this fascinating artist.
$1,200

An Old Story -  MOONY

An Old Story
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, edition unknown but certainly small. 8 x 9 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with dynamic, rich colors. The margins are modest but this is the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. This impression is numbered "9" in pencil. This delightful print by this Irish artist has a distinctive arts and crafts flavor. His work often depicts these picturesque fairy tale settings with children at play. He was born in Doone, Althlone, and studied at Kingsley College, Devon. In Paris he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.
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The Source -  MORGAN

The Source
WILLIAM E. C. MORGAN
British, (1903-1979)
Engraving, 1927, edition 50. 11 1/8 x 5 1/2 in. Initialed in the plate. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. Arguably Morgan's most famous print, "The Source" was certainly inspired by the three years he spent studying at the British School in Rome. He had won the "Prix-de-Rome" in 1924. There is no proper catalogue raisonné of his prints but the Georgetown University Library presented a retrospective of his work in 1994. He is known to have produced the vast majority of his fifty or so prints between 1924-1938.
$950

Perseus -  MORGAN

Perseus
WILLIAM E. C. MORGAN
British, (1903-1979)
Engraving, 1929, edition 70. 8 3/4 x 8 1/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This exceptional print shows the influence of Albrecht Durer as well as some of the Italian Renaissance engravers who worked in the mannerist style.
SOLD

Nymphs Bathing -  MORGAN

Nymphs Bathing
WILLIAM E. C. MORGAN
British, (1903-1979)
Engraving, 1928, edition 83. 7 7/8 x 11 1/16 in. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a superb, rich impression of this exquisite print. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Morgan achieved fame here in the US with exhibitions in Chicago. Lessing Rosenwald purchased nine of his prints and the British Museum had acquired ten of them by 1932.
$900

The Brook -  MORGAN

The Brook
WILLIAM E. C. MORGAN
British, (1903-1979)
Engraving, 1930, edition 50. 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Inscribed "Proof B." This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Four of Morgan's prints were reproduced in Fine Prints of the Year, including this one. We did locate an online catalogue of engravings compiled by Robert Meyrick but the prints are not assigned any numbers. This is described as "an ongoing project."
$800

Spring Rhapsody -  MORTON

Spring Rhapsody
CONRAD & CAVENDISH MORTON
British, (active 1930s-1950s)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1934, edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 20 in. Signed in pencil by both artists, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression with fresh colors. The paper is a sturdy Japanese and the margins are full. Apart from mild toning in the margins, the condition is very good overall. Like the brothers Detmold, the Cavendish twins both worked on their prints. They were largely self-taught and their work was shown and published by Colnaghi in London. They were born in 1911.
$1,400

Le Pont d'Avignon -  NEEDELL

Le Pont d'Avignon
PHILIP G. NEEDELL
British, (1886-1974)
Color woodcut, 1925, edition 60. 9 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with substantial but possibly trimmed margins.
$600

The Northern Patrol -  NEEDELL

The Northern Patrol
PHILIP G. NEEDELL
British, (1886-1974)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1926, edition 80. 9 x 10 3/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this dramatic print. The condition is excellent and the margins are full (albeit somewhat narrow). Needell joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1916 and served on an armed merchant cruiser working the Northern patrol. This stellar woodcut is illustrated in British Printmakers 1855-1955 (1992), page. 230, published by Garton and Co.
SOLD

An Inexperienced Witch -  NEVINSON

An Inexperienced Witch
CHRISTOPER R.W. NEVINSON
British, (1889-1946))
Lithograph, 1919, Black 61, edition 25. 23 x 16 1/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Inscribed in ink, lower left, "To Dodie Smith elephants never..." and on the verso in ink, "Miss Dodie Smith." This is a very fine, dramatic impression printed on sturdy Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good apart from a few splashes of watercolor largely in the lower margin, slight foxing here and there and other minor defects. Dodie Smith (1896-1990) was a British writer and the author of "The Hundred and One Dalmatians." Provenance: Gordon Cooke, London (See Summer Catalogue 1992, # 111.)
$12,500

Summer -  NEVINSON

Summer
CHRISTOPER R.W. NEVINSON
British, (1889-1946))
Drypoint and etching, 1924-27, Black 111, edition unknown. 9 15/16 x 13 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression of this uncommon print. Printed on a cream laid paper with full margins, the condition of this work is fine. There's just a small amount of toning and a tiny stain in the upper left corner of the margin, well away from the image. Decidely impressionist in nature, this unusual work of a man and woman relaxing in a small boat, hidden by sunlight and the tree leaves, was done while the artist was in Paris.
$11,500

The Bird of Bourges -  OSBORNE

The Bird of Bourges
MALCOLM OSBORNE
British, (1880-1963)
Etching, 1932, edition about 50. 9 x 6 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil. A fine impression in excellent condition. Full margins. Osborne was a student of Frank Short.
SOLD

Building the Trawler -  PLATT

Building the Trawler
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1929, Chapman 18, projected edition of 150; this impression numbered "I/X", one of several trial proofs. 9 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition. Wide margins.
$1,200

The Port of St. Tropez -  PLATT

The Port of St. Tropez
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1924, Chapman 12, projected edition of 100, with an additional printing of twenty inscribed in Roman numerals. 13 1/2 x 10 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. A superb impression with full margins. Fine condition.
$1,200

The Irish Lady, Lands End -  PLATT

The Irish Lady, Lands End
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1922, Chapman 9; projected edition of 100 impressions. 8 x 10 3/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The paper is a medium-weight Japanese and the margins appear to be full, measuring about 3/4" on all sides. (The edition was never completed and just 78 impressions were recorded.) This dramatic work beautifully conveys the waves crashing against the rocks at this famous locale in Cornwall, England.
$1,500

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