20th Century European Prints

Christ Child Bookplate


This wood engraving by Philip Hagreen measures 3 3/4 x 2 1/4 inches and is plate signed on the lower margin. Hagreen was a gifted wood engraver and illustrator. Founder of the Society of Wood Engravers in the early 20th. century he became a master of the small format creating over 170 bookplates. He studied lettering with Eric Gill and was known for his use of white lines and spaces. A religious man, he withdrew from the artistic life to follow in the Lord's footsteps and in so doing became one of the most under appreciated engravers of the time.

Frau an der Wiege (Woman at the Cradle)


This is a drypoint etching from 1897, printed in a special edition for the Graphic Arts Society of Vienna in 1903. State V/VI. Pencil signed in the lower right. Plate measures 10 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches on 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inch wove paper. Catalog: Knesebeck 40. Inscribed Original-Radirung von Käthe Kollwitz, Druck & Verlag der Gesellschaft f. vervielf. Kunst in Wien (original etching by Käthe Kollwitz, published by the Society for Reproducing Art, Vienna). A sharply detailed print with good use of plate toning.