Allen W. Seaby prints for sale

British, 1867-1953

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Goat With Two Kids -  SEABY

Goat With Two Kids
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

Heron -  SEABY

Heron
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (probably from the1920s), edition 100. 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are probably full and untrimmed. The condition is excellent. Seaby specialized in wildlife woodcuts and he was strongly influenced by the prints of Frank Morley Fletcher. These painterly woodcuts reflect the profound influence of Japanese printmaking in England at the time. Seaby established his own distinctive style which combined great design, careful observation of his subjects and an elegant sense of color. Seaby never dated his prints which does present a challenge for dealers and collectors.
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Horses on a Hillside -  SEABY

Horses on a Hillside
Color woodcut, 1930s, edition 50-75. 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. Faintly light-struck within previous mat opening; the colors fine. The margins are substantial but appear somewhat trimmed.
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Magpie -  SEABY

Magpie
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

Magpie -  SEABY

Magpie
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

Osprey -  SEABY

Osprey
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, edition 100. 14 x 9 in. Initialed in the block lower right; signed in pencil lower right just below the image. This is a superb impression of this majestic woodcut. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good. (There is a slight bit of discoloration showing from an old mat opening, but it is minor.) This is one of Seaby's finest prints and it's quite uncommon. The influence of Japanese printmaking on British graphic art during the 1920s-1930s is here very noticeable.
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Osprey -  SEABY

Osprey
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
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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Porlock Church  -  SEABY

Porlock Church
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s-1930s, edition unknown. 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of a rare work. The margins are wide if not full. There's a bit of foxing in the margins but it's quite subtle. Porlock Church is in Exmoor, England.
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Spring on Dartmoor (England) -  SEABY

Spring on Dartmoor (England)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920-30, edition probably about 50 impressions. 8 1/2 x 12 3/4 in. Signed in the block, lower left, and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and probably untrimmed. The condition is fine. The Dartmoor Ponies is a favorite subject for Seaby.
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Three Swans -  SEABY

Three Swans
Woodcut printed in color, 1920s, edition probably 100. 8 1/8 x 13 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression; the colors fresh. Slight darkening within a previous mat opening. Old paper tape at top of sheet, verso, well outside of the image. Probably the full margins. A fine example of the influence of Japanese printmaking in England during the 1920s and 1930s.
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Two Swans -  SEABY

Two Swans
Woodcut, undated (probably 19, edition about 100. 8 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression with wide margins. Some discoloration in the outer margins. A favorite subject of Seaby's, swans appear with great elegance in many of his prints. Like John Platt and Frank Morley Fletcher, Seaby was greatly influenced by the Japanese tradition of making block prints.
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