20th Century European Prints

Windy Day Cowes Week - Isle of Wight


A fine detailed etching by British printmaker, William Lionel Wyllie. Created c. 1915, it measures 6 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches and is pencil signed on the l.l. This is a great image of yacht racing in the Solent, where Cowes Week is an annual sailing event. Wyllie was a well known marine painter and printmaker, studying at the Heatherley School of Fine Art and then at the at the Royal Academy. At the age of 18, Wyllie won the Turner Gold Medal for his painting "Dawn After A Storm". He went on to have a long artistic career, specializing in paintings and etchings of the sea and the city of London.

Plane Tree Cottage


C. 1926. Edition of 50. Catalog: Dodgson 66. Pencil signed and dated in the lower right. Plate initialed near the bottom. Plate measures 5 1/2 x 5 3/4 inches on 8 1/2 x 11 inch watermarked laid type paper. A charming print with a unique perspective and very fine detail.

Farm Fire


Drypoint etching C. 1927. Plate measures 6 7/8 x 9 on 9 x 12 1/4 inch watermarked David Strang paper. Catalog: Appleby 121. Edition of 100. Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1927. Numbered 63 out of 100 in the lower left in pencil, pencil signed in the lower right. Plate signed and dated in the lower right. A rich impression with drypoint burr.

The Marientor, Munich


A distinctive original etching and aquatint in colors, image size 19 x 18 inches, 1922, cat: Lorenz- 40, pencil signed. Kasimir studied at the Vienna Academy of Art, although much of his etching technique was self taught and learned through working from nature. He specialized in atmospheric images of architecture, city scenes and landscapes; some bustling with people and automobiles, others quite timeless and serene. Kasimir developed his own technique, which was much more suited to the particular clarity of his compositions. This technique allowed Kasimir to create extraordinarily rich tones and values with clear, crisp lines; he could masterfully bring a scene to life using subtle hues of grays and earth tones accentuated by bright splashes of saturated color.

A Lady Dressed in a Fur Coat


Plate measures 7 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches on 14 x 11 inch medium weight wove type paper. C. 1905. Catalog: Novak 33. Edition of 50. This is a rare, very early print of his. Pencil signed and dated in the lower right with the word "Paris." Plate initialed on the left hand side. Rich drypoint burr with extensive use of plate tone.

Oyster Dreckers


Etching from 1924. Catalog: Hurst 87. Edition of 75. The scene depicts some oyster dredgers on Buzzon (or Besom) Creek, near Briscoe's home in Colchester. The oyster industry there is now endangered, but Briscoe has captured it well. Signed in ink in the lower right, numbered "39" in the lower left. Plate measures 6 1/2 x 10 inches on 8 1/2 x 11 1/4 inch laid paper. A fine impression with good use of plate toning. riscoe studied at the Slade Art School and the Academy Julian in Paris and then spent the rest of his time sailing, becoming one of the most prominent British marine artists of the 20th century. He owned his own three ton cutter which he used to sail around the Essex coast. Also crewing on a Polish ship, he sketched every aspect of life on the boat. Most of Briscoe's etchings show sailing ships and the men who sailed them. His beautifully etched images present an invaluable historical record of the workings of the last great commercial vessels.

La Grande Bergère


Print 61 in an edition of 75. Signed in the lower left, editioned in the lower right. Plate initialed and dated "1926" in the lower right. Second state. Catalog: Laboureur 323. The image depicts the cliffs along the coast of Penestin, France. Plate measures 9 1/2 x 6 1/4 inches on 15 x 9 5/8 inch watermarked wove type paper. Collector's stamp on back. This print has very fine engraved lines and a very whimsical style. Laboureur studied at the Academie Julian under Auguste Lepere before traveling extensively throughout Germany, Italy and Greece. He returned to Paris in 1910, just when Cubism was being explored, and fully embraced it, incorporating it into his distinct style. He founded the Société des Peintres-Graveurs Indépendants in 1923 and its members included Braque, Dufy, Vlamnick, Laurencin and Segonzac.

Two Sisters


A beautiful hand colored etching by the British artist, Elyse Ashe Lord. It measures 12 x 16 inches, pencil signed, numbered and framed. Elyse Lord was known for her Asian inspired images using fine drypoint lines and delicate, yet vibrant colors to create images that have a serene, almost dreamlike quality. She was a member of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour and the Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours and showed her work in many exhibitions including at the Royal Academy, Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours, Royal Scottish Academy, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and the Paris Salon.