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A Selection of Prints by Modern British Artists

NORMAN HIRST A.R.E., Liverpool 1862 – 1956 Milbourne Port, Somerset. The Bridge, St Ives, Huntingdon. Mezzotint. This print is for sale, priced £180 PHYLLIS I JOHNSTON, Exhibiting from 1917 – 1936. Blessing of the Fishing, St Malo. Original wood engraving. This print is for sale, priced £95 GEORGE VERNON STOKES, London 1873 – 1954 Deal. Two Siamese Cats. Original colour drypoint. This print is for sale, priced £350
OSMUND CAINE, Manchester 1914 – 2004 London. Tulips. Original lithograph, 1938 This print is for sale, priced £300 PHILIP OSWALD JENNINGS R.E., Chiswick 1921 – 1983 Whitchurch, Glamorgan. Figures at a Bus Stop. Original etching, 1939. This print is for sale, priced £135

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NORMAN HIRST A.R.E., Liverpool 1862 – 1956 Milbourne Port, Somerset. The Bridge, St Ives, Huntingdon. Mezzotint. This print is for sale, priced £180

NORMAN HIRST A.R.E.
Liverpool 1862 – 1956 Milbourne Port, Somerset

A painter and engraver, Hirst trained on a scholarship, 1885-87, with Hubert von Herkomer, in the early years of Herkomer’s art school in Bushey.

He learnt the technique of mezzotint engraving in the studio of Henry Cox, a professional mezzotint printer, whom Herkomer brought from London as an assistant.

Though Hirst established his reputation as a reproductive engraver of paintings by Gainsborough, Lawrence, Romney and Watteau, he also made ‘original’ mezzotints after his own paintings.

The Bridge, St Ives, Huntingdon
144 x 213 mm
Mezzotint.
Signed in pencil and annotated pinx et sculpt (painter and engraver).
Printed in brown-black ink on laid paper.
Some unobtrusive foxing, only noticeable on the reverse.

£180

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PHYLLIS I JOHNSTON, Exhibiting from 1917 – 1936. Blessing of the Fishing, St Malo. Original wood engraving. This print is for sale, priced £95

PHYLLIS I JOHNSTON
Exhibiting from 1917 – 1936

A painter and printmaker, Phyllis Johnston, from her exhibiting records, was based in London earlier in her career and later was in Eastbourne. Little information is available beyond the actual examples of her work.

Blessing of the Fishing, St Malo
140 x 179 mm
Original wood engraving.
Signed in pencil, c1930’s.
Entitled and numbered 1 from the edition of only 3.
On tissue thin japan laid down.

£95

The annual ceremony of “pardon des terre-neuvas”, blessing the Breton fishing fleet leaving for the Newfoundland cod fishing banks, was instituted in 1925-26, prompted by the introduction of the first steam trawlers into a fleet still at that date largely composed of the traditional schooners under sail. The Breton fishing fleet had been sailing every year, in March, to Newfoundland waters, returning in September, since the 16th century.

Paul Signac painted the ceremony in the harbour in 1928.

By the 1930’s the festival attracted large numbers of visitors to enjoy the religious customs and the carnival revels in the streets of the town.

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GEORGE VERNON STOKES, London 1873 – 1954 Deal. Two Siamese Cats. Original colour drypoint. This print is for sale, priced £350

GEORGE VERNON STOKES
London 1873 – 1954 Deal

A painter and illustrator of animals, Stokes exhibited paintings at the Royal Academy from 1907. He probably took up colour etching in the 1930’s.

He devised his own system which is described in his book Colour Etching in two Printings, published 1933.

Two Siamese Cats
240 x 290 mm
Original colour drypoint.
The plate signed.
Signed in pencil and numbered.
Edition of 75 (numbered 33/75).
Trimmed in the margins.

£350

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OSMUND CAINE, Manchester 1914 – 2004 London. Tulips. Original lithograph, 1938 This print is for sale, priced £300

OSMUND CAINE
Manchester 1914 – 2004 London

A painter and stained glass artist, Caine trained at Birmingham School of Art 1930-37, followed by a year in Italy in 1938; the date of this lithograph. After the War he would teach first at Birmingham, then Kingston on Thames before joining the staff of the Twickenham College of Technology. There in 1958, he founded the graphic design school and ran it for over 20 years.

His obituary in the Guardian cites two interesting surprise facts. In his painting Bathing Machine, also from 1938, he ‘invented’ the bikini (the French would only claim the invention eight years later). Caine would have preferred to paint his bathers as nudes but “had to think of the propriety of the setting”.

One Christmas he drove the family’s Bedford Dormobile, chased by rifle-toting guardsmen, through the gates of Buckingham Palace shouting “Happy Christmas your Majesty”.

Tulips
281 x 377 mm
Original lithograph, 1938.
Signed in pencil, dated, entitled and numbered 3/12.
On japan with laid lines.

£300

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PHILIP OSWALD JENNINGS R.E., Chiswick 1921 – 1983 Whitchurch, Glamorgan. Figures at a Bus Stop. Original etching, 1939. This print is for sale, priced £135

PHILIP OSWALD JENNINGS R.E.
Chiswick 1921 – 1983 Whitchurch, Glamorgan

A painter, printmaker and teacher, Jennings studied at Harrow School of Art, where he made this early etching, before attending the Royal College of Art 1940-45.

After a post-graduate year at the R.C.A. in 1950-51, he would join the staff of Cardiff College of Art.

He exhibited widely and was a founder member of the Welsh Group.

Figures at a Bus Stop
187 x 201 mm
Original etching, 1939.
Signed and dated in pencil.
On stout wove paper.

£135

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