Frank Morley Fletcher woodcuts for sale

British/American, 1866-1949

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Brotherswater -  FLETCHER

Brotherswater
Color woodcut, circa 1900-1910, edition 100. 14 x 7 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression; the colors especially fresh. Substantial margins. Fine condition. This outstanding English scene exemplifies Fletcher's command of the multiple block woodcut process.
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California 1. - Salinas River -  FLETCHER

California 1. - Salinas River
Woodcut printed in colors, 1927-28, edition 100. 12 3/4 x 16 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and the condition is fine. (There's a small repaired tear in the lower right corner margin.) The importance of Fletcher both in England and later in America cannot be overstated. His seminal publication, Wood-Block Printing, published in 1916, had a lasting impact on many printmakers who explored the color woodcut medium. He came to America in 1923 and settled in Santa Barbara where he taught at the Santa Barbara School of Art. He became a naturalized citizen in 1926. This large print is an iconic arts and crafts California woodcut and is seen here in a stellar impression.
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California 2.  Mt. Shasta -  FLETCHER

California 2. Mt. Shasta
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, edition 100. 11 1/4 x 15 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. Fine condition. This is one of the truly outstanding color woodcuts produced in America during this period. Fletcher moved from England and settled in Santa Barbara. He became an American citizen. This work is illustrated on page 22 of Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts by Nancy Green and Jessie Poesch (1999). Their impression varies enormously from ours in the choice of colors. The suggestion quite clearly is a change of seasons depicting most likely winter and summer (our impression). The intended edition was probably never printed in full as this print is not common.
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California 3; Ojai Valley -  FLETCHER

California 3; Ojai Valley
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1935, edition 100. 11 1/2 x 9 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A superb impression on Japanese paper of this rare print. Wide margins and fine condition. This impression was included in the show and catalogue Arthur Wesley Dow and American Arts & Crafts by Nancy Green and Jessie Poesch (1999); the American Federation of the Arts, New York. Illustrated on page 23. Sold with a period arts & crafts frame.
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Floodgates -  FLETCHER

Floodgates
Woodcut printed in colors, 1899, edition not stated. 8 1/8 x 10 in. Signed in the block with the artist's monogram. Signed in pencil lower left. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The colors are fresh. The margins appear to be full. This is an outstanding, early work done in England. The importance of Fletcher and his work cannot be underestimated both in England and later in America. Among his students were B.J.O. Nordfeldt and Allen Seaby. This is not a common print.
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Wiston River -  FLETCHER

Wiston River
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1900-1905, edition 100. 8 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins appear to be full. (There is a very faint trace of discoloration along the extreme outer edges of the sheet.) This outstanding work was done in England. All of Fletcher's prints are relatively uncommon.
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Wiston River -  FLETCHER

Wiston River
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1900-1905, edition 100. 8 3/8 x 14 1/2 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a very fine, vibrant impression printed on a light cream colored Japanese style paper. The margins are modest but this is possibly the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. (There's a light touch of white gouache (?) in the lower margin, most likely done by the artist, which covers a small amount of stray ink probably from the printing process.) This stellar early work was done in his native Lancashire, England. Color variations exist with this and his other prints which add much diversity to his rather limited oeuvre. There's no formal catalogue raisonné of his woodcuts but there's an excellent article by Nancy Green in the following: Second Impressions; Modern Prints and Printmakers Reconsidered, edited by Clinton Adams, volume 16 of the Tamarind Papers, 1996, University of New Mexico Press, pages 37-48.
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