Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946) 43rd Street at Night The rare mezzotint, 1921, an excellent richly inked impression with delicate tones and velvety blacks, on F. J. Head & Co. hand-made laid, signed in pencil, with margins, 200 x 133mm (7 7/8 x 5 1/4in)(PL) unframed
Lot 23AR
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
(British, 1889-1946)
43rd Street at Night unframed
£20,000 - 30,000
US$ 34,000 - 51,000
withdrawn
Lot Details
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946)
43rd Street at Night (Guichard 35; Leicester Galleries 52)
The rare mezzotint, 1921, an excellent richly inked impression with delicate tones and velvety blacks, on F. J. Head & Co. hand-made laid, signed in pencil, with margins, 200 x 133mm (7 7/8 x 5 1/4in)(PL) (unframed)

Footnotes

  • 43rd Street at Night is one of Nevinson's only five mezzotints and was first exhibited at the Alpine Club Gallery, London in 1921.

    43rd Street at Night is a dense athomsepheric rendition of a 'New York night' (an alternate title for this print), a visualisation of Nevinson's experience of the city "in the glory of its illuminations".1 The dramatic composition "visually equates nocturnal Wall Street to a new Dantean circle of hell- a heart of all-consuming darkness driven by the drive for profit, material accumulation, and excess".2

    We are delighted to present all five of Nevinson's mezzotints. The three highly accomplished mezzotints of British subjects executed in 1918 From an Office Window, Wind and Limehouse will be on display in the concurrent exhibition C.R.W. Nevinson: Prints from an Important Private Collection, while the The Roof Gardens, 1919 is offered as lot 22.

    We have found no record of an impression of this print having come to auction.


    1 Christopher Nevinson, Paint and Prejudice (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938), 175.
    2 Jonathan Black, "Beauty, Rhythm, Strength: C.R.W. Nevinson as a Printmaker, ca. 1916-32" in A Dilemma of English Modernism: Visual and Verbal Politics in the Life and Work of C. R. W. Nevinson, ed. Michael Walsh (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2007), 125.

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