1903 - 1942
|Eric Ravilious [1903-1942] was tutored by Paul Nash at the Royal College of Art and was a close friend of Edward Bawden; he became an official war artist in 1940 and tragically failed to return from an air-sea rescue mission off Iceland in 1942. A highly skilled craftsman in drawing and watercolours, Ravilious’ work is painstakingly detailed and included designs for Wedgwood porcelain, book illustrations, oil and watercolour paintings and prints which were mainly colour lithographs. One of his best known series of prints were published in a book called "High Street" by Country Life in 1938 which contained twenty four 4 Colour original lithographs printed on cream wove paper by the famous Curwen Press; none are known to have been signed; they were unable to say how many copies were printed when I asked them in 2006. THESE ARE ORIGINAL LITHOGRAPHS PRODUCED IN 1938 AND ARE NOT MODERN INK JET PRODUCTIONS [KNOWN AS "GICLÉE" PRINTS]. I sometimes have complete examples of the book for sale!
Large [but unpriced] images of the 24 prints may be seen at: IMAGES. Note: PRICES WILL BE FOUND through the link on the left but with smaller pictures.
|Sir William Nicholson
|Sir William Nicholson 1872-1949 was a painter, print-maker and theatre designer who studied in Paris. His career started as a designer of posters and a book illustrator but he soon became an innovative and celebrated maker of woodcuts. He broke ground with his experimental techniques and his original woodcut portrait of Queen Victoria was one of the most famous British prints ever made Nicholson’s woodcuts were hand cut by him on the blocks and then hand-printed in black ink the prints were then coloured each by hand by him in water-colour; these prints were signed in black ink on the backing sheets. Following these impressions the image was transferred to a lithographic stone and the popular edition printed in book form with lithographic colours and no signature; all of the prints offered here come from books.|
|John Cooke Bourne
|It is Bourne's detailed recording of the progress of construction of the London & Birmingham Railway, the accurate delineation of the tools and the laborious work by the men, which makes his art so historically important. Although his work has strong artistic value, it is this accurate recording of the construction work that has given future generations an insight into the development of the railway network in Britain and their publication helped to they would counter the prevailing anti-railway culture. At that time, most of his fellow artists were concentrating on topographical, pastoral pictures of an idyllic England inhabited by innocent peasants pursuing rural tasks but he realised that it was essential to depict an accurate record of the creation of these ‘iron roads’ as their development would revolutionise the world.|
|James McNeill Whistler
1834 - 1903.
|Whistler was not a success whilst at West Point and he succeeded only in drawing, special difficulties were caused by chemistry, which at last became the reason of his ejection from the academy. ‘Had silicon been a gas,’ He later declared, ’I would have been a general-major’.|
|John Constable 1776 - 1837 &
David Lucas 1802-1881
|The prints created by David Lucas after pictures by John Constable are regarded as being amongst the greatest examples in the history of English printmaking using mezzotint in a supremely creative way. The prints display the co-operation which was possible between the two artists in a quite extraordinary way. Twenty two prints were published before Constable's death in 1837 and a number of others were issued by David Lucas afterwards; some of these had been worked on by Constable and were approved by him. Catalogues here are six of these later prints all being "Proof impressions before all letters."|
1799 - 1883
|James William Mallord Turner RA
1775 - 1851
|Landscape views from Picturesque Views of England and Wales. I have eighty of these magnificent prints and they will be up on the web in the next few days.|
|Francisco Goya 1746 – 1828|
|Picasso Poster||Picasso Poster|