Paula Rego (British, born 1935) Nursery Rhymes The complete set, 1989, comprising 25 etchings with aquatint, three with extensive hand colouring, one on pink chine collé, on Velin Arches, each signed and numbered 47/50 in pencil, with title-page, printed by Culford Press, London, hand coloured by Charlotte Hodes, published by the artist and Marlborough Graphics, London, loose within the original blue linen-covered solander box, 520 x 380mm (20 1/2 x 15in)(SH) 25 6 framed & folio
Lot 73AR
Paula Rego
(British, born 1935)
Nursery Rhymes 25 6 framed & folio
Sold for £25,000 (US$ 42,517) inc. premium
Lot Details
Paula Rego (British, born 1935)
Nursery Rhymes (Rosenthal 36-38, 40-43, 46-47, 49-51, 53-65)
The complete set, 1989, comprising 25 etchings with aquatint, three with extensive hand colouring, one on pink chine collé, on Velin Arches, each signed and numbered 47/50 in pencil, with title-page, printed by Culford Press, London, hand coloured by Charlotte Hodes, published by the artist and Marlborough Graphics, London, loose within the original blue linen-covered solander box, 520 x 380mm (20 1/2 x 15in)(SH) (25) (6 framed & folio)

Footnotes

  • Paula Rego does not merely illustrate a selection of rhymes, but rather draws on tradition to embellish, adapt or subvert the verses totally to produce a series of twenty five overpowering graphic representations of extraordinary immediacy.
    Marina Warner astutely observes: " [Rego] execute[d] them as a child might, spontaneously, drawing directly on to the plate without preparatory planning of any kind. She treats the fantastic realistically, dresses animals in human costume, and introduces dream-like dislocations of scale. The rhymes attracted her too because she's a specialist in using humour as a means of confronting terror: 'I paint to give fear a face', she has said. "
    According to Rosenthal, "the images for this series represent the richness and variety of the artist's work in a period of unusual intricacy and fertility".

    Marina Warner, Paula Rego: Nursery Rhymes (London: Thames& Hudson, 1994).
    T. G. Rosenthal, Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Work (London: Thames& Hudson, 2012), 24-71.
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