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The Vltava at Prague -  PLATT

The Vltava at Prague
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930, Chapman 19, projected edition of 150. 9 5/8 x 14 1/16 in. Signed, titled and numbered (LXII) in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good apart from small old hinges at the four corners, verso, and a tiny wrinkle in the lower right corner of the sheet. The catalogue states that only sixty-four impressions are recorded hence this is not a common print. The Vlvata is the longest river within the Czech Republic. In the background at right is Prague Castle. Construction started in 870 and was completed in 1929!
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Snow in Springtime -  PLATT

Snow in Springtime
JOHN PLATT
British, (1886-1967)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1919-1920, Chapman 6, recorded edition of 71. 9 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the block. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is an especially fine impression with superb, fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for small old hinges at the top corners. (The projected edition here was 100.) "John Platt's colour woodcuts mark a short but important phase in British printmaking; a period when an external and foreign influence stimulated a new decorative and inventive approach to the use of color." (Hilary Chapman, from page 6 of the catalogue raisonné, 1999). This influence, of course, was the art of Japan and Japanese prints in particular. The models for this composition also relate to Platt's sketches for the "Giant Stride." His sisters are on the swing and they are being observed by Platt's daughter and son.
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Honeysuckle -  ROYDS

Honeysuckle
MABEL ROYDS
British, (1874-1941)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930s, Barton 66, small edition. 7 7/8 x 6 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The colors are especially fresh and there are no condition issues. This subtle, nicely-designed work is printed with more opaque colors than most of her block prints. Royds almost never dated her prints and the edition sizes remains a mystery to this day. They have always been a great value in today's market and are getting much more difficult to acquire.
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Columbines -  ROYDS

Columbines
MABEL ROYDS
British, (1874-1941)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930s, Barton 39, edition probably about 25. 7 3/8 x 6 1/4 in. This is a superb impression with full margins. (The margins are narrow on the sides and bottom but this is the original sheet which she chose to print on.) In addition, there is stray printers ink in the outer margins but this is part of the process and typical for Royds. This is an exceptional example of her work. Provenance: The Old Print Shop, New York.
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Sunspots -  ROYDS

Sunspots
MABEL ROYDS
British, (1874-1941)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated but probably cica 1910-15, Barton 4, edition unknown. 5 1/4 x 9 1/16 in. Signed in pencil, lower left. This is a fine impression with fresh yet subtle colors. The margins are narrow along the top and sides but we think this is the full, untrimmed sheet, as printed. This charming print is also quite rare. This is the first time we have had it.
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Dandelions -  ROYDS

Dandelions
MABEL ROYDS
British, (1874-1941)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably done in the 1930s), Barton 31, edition perhaps 50. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The colors are fresh and vibrant. This is one of Royds's finest prints and her work is becoming increasingly difficult to find in today's market. (We sold this impression several years ago and are pleased to re-offer it.)
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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.
$350

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

Peacock -  SEABY

Peacock
ALLEN W. SEABY
British, (1867-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1908, Andrews/Gilmour page 61, edition 100. 6 1/2 x 8 1/4 in. Initialed in the block with the artist's monogram, lower left. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression of this rare, early work. The margins are narrow but this is probably the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine apart from a tiny repaired split in the top center of the margin, not affecting the image. In the words of Martin Andrews, "Seaby, perhaps more so than his contemporaries, embodied in his woodcuts the spirit and dynamic composition of the Japanese print and fully exploited the texture of the brush stroke and blending of colour. Yet at the same time his work is quintessentially British, steeped in the countryside and wildlife of this island." from page 34 of Allen Seaby, Art and Nature (2014), by Martin Andrews and Robert Gilmour.
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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

Bellinzona from the Road to Locarno (after a watercolor by Turner) -  SHORT

Bellinzona from the Road to Locarno (after a watercolor by Turner)
FRANK SHORT
British, (1857-1945)
Aquatint and etching, 1893, Hardie 144, edition of 24. 7 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on vellum. The margins are narrow and otherwise, the condition is fine. There were 24 signed impressions and an unsigned edition in The Portfolio. The watercolor by Turner which inspired this print is in the Aberdeen Art Gallery and dates from 1843.
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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
YOSHIJURO 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.
$1,200

Quai d'Orsay, Paris -  URUSHIBARA

Quai d'Orsay, Paris
YOSHIJURO 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

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