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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

Pilchard Boats, Cornwall -  PLATT

Pilchard Boats, Cornwall
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1922, Chapman 10, projected edition of 100. 6 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Signed, titled and numbered. This is a fine, atmospheric impression of this uncommon print. The margins are modest but measuring 1/4 to 5/8 in. and this could well be the original, untrimmed sheet. The condition is good. (The sheet has been professionally backed with thin Japanese paper due to some thinning on the verso.) The recorded edition mentioned in the catalogue is seventy-eight even though this impression is numbered 21 from the edition of 100. Pilchard fishing was a thriving industry in Cornwall from around 1750 to 1880.
$1,500

St. Olave's, Tooley Street -  RUSHBURY

St. Olave's, Tooley Street
HENRY RUSHBURY
British, (1889-1968)
Drypoint, 1927, Rushbury 56, edition unknown. 11 3/8 x 8 1/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream wove paper. THe margins are wide and the condition is very good. (There's just a faint suggestion of toning within a previous mat opening. On the verso is the mark of Viola and Remig Papp (not in Lugt). The subject is the destruction of the ancient church of St. Olave in Bermondsey.
SOLD

Magpie -  SEABY

Magpie
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920-30, edition 100. 8 1/2 x 11 7/8 in. Initialed in the block with the monogram, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right. Numbered, lower left.. This is a very fine impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide but with a narrow margin along the top. The condition is fair. There's slight foxing showing in the margins and two repairs in the upper corners not affecting the image. Seaby was one of the preeminent students of Frank Morley Fletcher at the Reading School of Art.
$650

Goat With Two Kids -  SEABY

Goat With Two Kids
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, edition probably 50-100. 8 7/8 x 12 3/8 in. Signed in the block with the monogram. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper, a paper typically used by the artist. The margins are narrow but substantial enough. The condition is very good with very faint light toning showing in the image. Seaby was one of the best known students of Frank Morley Fletcher and he became Professor of Fine Art at the University of Reading from 1920-1933. He mastered the art of Japanese style woodblock printing and his work has a special place within the history of graphic art in England between the wars.
$850

Osprey -  SEABY

Osprey
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, edition 100. 14 x 9 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, early impression of this majestic woodcut. The margins are full and the condition is fine apart from very slight light toning within an early mat opening. This impression varies somewhat from one we have a few years ago; there's less definition in the trees in the background and the monogram in the lower right is not yet clearly defined. A new catalogue on Seaby is now available: Allen W. Seaby, Art and Nature, by Martin Andrews and Robert Gillmor (2014) by Two Rivers Press. There is no formal listing of the prints but it's a very nice publication with plenty of illustrations and informative text.
$2,200

Magpie -  SEABY

Magpie
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1900-1905, edition probably 50-100. 9 1/4 x 8 3/4 in. Initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a very good impression printed on white laid paper. The margins are modest but this is most likely the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. (There's a small trace of stray printer's ink below the image.) This impression compares favorably to the one in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. An impression of "Magpie" was exhibited as No. 633 in 1906 in the Sixth Exhibition of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.
$850

A Span of Old Battersea Bridge -  SHORT

A Span of Old Battersea Bridge
FRANK SHORT
British, (1857-1945)
Aquatint and soft ground etching, 1899, Hardie 155, edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine overall apart from a slight suggestion of lightening within a previous mat opening. This masterful, early work; clearly inspired by Whistler, is a tour de force of design and execution. "The importance of Sir Frank Short in the development of modern British printmaking cannot be overstated. As head of the first engraving school at the Royal College of Art, and later as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, he exerted the fundamental influence which was responsible for the technical excellence of British etching and engraving during the first decades of this century." (M. Campbell, 1993). A detailed technical analysis of this print and how it was made is found on page 339 of The Art of Etching by E.S. Lumsden, 1924.
$1,100

Aspidistra -  TANDY

Aspidistra
JOHN TANDY
British, (1905-1982)
Wood engraving, circa 1928, edition 50. 6 x 3 1/2 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil below the image. This is a fine impression on cream colored Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good apart from an old tape hinge at the top of the sheet, recto. This rare, early work was from a series called "Abstract Designs" (1-8) and the set was first exhibited at the Cottars Studio Gallery, London, in 1928.
$750

Anemones -  URUSHIBARA

Anemones
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1915, edition probably 100. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. Here we have a superb impression with the colors especially vibrant. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Urushibara's best work was a group of floral woodcuts of which this is a notable example. The artist moved to England at a young age and lived there as well as in France until 1934. He was very active with the European color woodcut artists at the time and collaborated with Frank Brangwyn on several prints.
SOLD

Quai d'Orsay, Paris -  URUSHIBARA

Quai d'Orsay, Paris
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably 1920s), edition perhaps 100. 9 5/8 x 12 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are about 3/4" on all sides which appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is excellent. This impression is inscribed "No.81" from an unknown edition.
$900

Roses 2 -  URUSHIBARA

Roses 2
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1925), Chapman/Horner F38, edition possibly 50. 12 x 8 1/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This impression bears seal # 2 and signature # 21 printed in the right side of the image. (See the catalogue raisonné, page 196). Provenance: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. (Note: the catalogue raisonné of Urusibara's woodcuts was recently published in 2017. The authors are Hilary Chapman and Libby Horner. ISBN 9789004341982, Hotei Publishing, Leiden, The Netherlands.)
$1,450

Street Singers -  WADSWORTH

Street Singers
EDWARD WADSWORTH
British, (1889-1949)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1914, Colnaghi 107, Greenwood W/D 10; from a very small edition. 5 5/8 x 4 1/2 in. Unsigned as usual. This is a superb impression of this extremely rare print. The margins are most likely full with the sheet measuring 7 x 5 3/8 in. The condition is fine other than for subtle pressure marks below the image which we've seen in another impression. This is the quintessential British Vorticist image and in the words of Cliff Ackley, "Brief as it was, Vorticism was the first radically modern, inherently abstract British art movement. Not until the 1930s, with the work of artists suck as Ben Nicholson and Henry Moore, would pure abstraction again take the lead." (See page 20 of Rhythms of Modern Life, British Prints 1914-1939 (2008). Wadsworth went to Munich in 1906 to study engineering and there he attended the Knirr School of Art and learned how to make woodcuts. When he returned to England he studied at the Slade School and Bradford School of Art and became friends with Roger Fry and Percy Wyndham Lewis. He contributed to the Vorticist manifesto "Blast" and exhibited in the 1915 Vorticist Group exhibition. This iconic work appears in several books on the subject of modern British printmaking. Provenance: Scolar Fine Art, London.
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