Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson A.R.A. (British, 1889-1946) Le Port The very rare etching, possibly aquatinted in the sky executed between 1922-1932  on J.F Head & Co. watermarked laid,  signed in pencil, with margins,  (PL)
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Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson A.R.A. (British, 1889-1946) Le Port The very rare etching, executed between 1922-1932, on J.F. Head & Co. watermarked laid, signed in pencil, with margins, 145 x 194mm (5 3/4 x 7 5/8in)(PL)
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Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson A.R.A. (British, 1889-1946)
Le Port
The very rare etching, executed between 1922-1932, on J.F. Head & Co. watermarked laid, signed in pencil, with margins, 145 x 194mm (5 3/4 x 7 5/8in)(PL)

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  • A remarkably similar composition executed in oil is illustrated in "Contemporary British Artists: C.R.W. Nevinson" edited by Albert Rutherston and published by Benn, London in 1925. The caption reads "LE PORT. (1909). In the possession of Mrs. Lloyd Jones".

    Nevinson often translated designs of paintings and drawings in arresting drypoints and etchings that pleasantly surprised contemporary critics who "discovered in them a technical virtuosity they did not readily discern in his handling of paint". Most often the drypoint or etched versions of designs initially executed in oils are more persuasive and compelling. It is likely that Nevinson revisited the earlier design and that the etching offered in this lot is derived from the 1909 composition in oil or its preparatory studies.

    We have found no record of an impression of this etching ever having been sold at auction or in the possession of any public collections.

    Michael J. K. Walsh, ed., A Dilemma of English Modernism: Visual and Verbal Politics in the life and work of C.R.W. Nevinson (1889-1946 (New Jersey: Associated University Presses, 2007), 116.
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