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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.
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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

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design) -  URUSHIBARA

Sweet Peas 2 (Sweet Peas in a Vase with Peony Design)
YOSHIJIRO URUSHIBARA
Japanese, (1880-1953)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (possibly circa 1913), Chapman/Horner F41, edition probably 83. 12 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. This impression bears the seal # 2 "Mokuchu" as listed in the catalogue on page 196. Color variations exist of this print. Ex-collection: the artist's estate via Ichiro Urushibara, the artist's son. The artist rarely dated his prints.
$1,450

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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