Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946) The Road from Arras to Bapaume The rare lithograph, 1918, on watermarked Antique de luxe laid, an excellent impression with delicate tones, signed and dated in pencil, the full sheet, 470 x 385mm (18 1/2 x 15 1/8in)(I) unframed
Lot 9AR
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson
(British, 1889-1946)
The Road from Arras to Bapaume unframed
Sold for £62,500 (US$ 97,099) inc. premium

Lot Details
Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson (British, 1889-1946)
The Road from Arras to Bapaume (Leicester Galleries 37)
The rare lithograph, 1918, on watermarked Antique de luxe laid, an excellent impression with delicate tones, signed and dated in pencil, the full sheet, 470 x 385mm (18 1/2 x 15 1/8in)(I)
(unframed)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Sir Hugh Walpole, 1918.
    Presented to Bob Graham, circa 1932-1933.
    Thence by decent to the current owner.


    Nevinson recalls in his autobiography:

    "I got back [to London in 1918] to find that a bomb had fallen on the printing works where my lithographs were kept and my stones were damaged. The reason for the extra ridge on my lithograph of the 'Arras-Bapaume Road' is because I had to put it in to cover the injury done to my original stone."

    The Road from Arras to Bapaume is a haunting image of the pulverised, desecrated landscape of the western front. The composition visualises the symbolic motif of a road stretching endlessly into the distance over a series of ridges.

    During conservation the remains of red watercolour pigment were found to be present in the sky in the upper part of the composition. Although Nevinson was not known for hand-working his prints, it has been suggested that the application of colour could be contemporary to its printing.

    Christopher Nevinson, Paint and Prejudice (New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1938),152-3.
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