The forthcoming sale on June 25th presents a diverse collection which should suit all tastes and pockets.
Modern British Prints are well represented by Norman Ackroyd, Elizabeth Blackadder, Mary Fedden, Edward Bawden, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Stanley Hayter. Of particular note is the arresting Orchard Tambourine by Terry Frost that contains the portfolio of 25 woodcuts published by Charles Booth-Clibborn under his imprint The Paragon Press. It is estimated to achieve £6000-8000 such is the good, fresh condition of the works.
Linocuts from the Grosvenor School are always sought after and this carefully chosen collection of stylized works features some of its most famous names. Of particular interest is Swans by William Greengrass – an extremely rare unsigned proof which is thought to be unique and estimated at £3000-5000. Works by Lill Tschudi, Cyril Edward Power and Leonard Beaumont also appear.
Lucian Freud remains one of our most famous British artists. On offer is a selection of prints but of particular importance is his Painter’s Mother, a rare group of three etchings produced on a single sheet in 1982 and inscribed Chris Love from L.F. Aside from the present impression, one is known in the artist’s collection and the other in the Museum of Fine Art in Caracas, Venezuela. It is estimated at £20,000-30,000. Other major names within the Contemporary Prints featured are Francis Bacon, Banksy, Faile, Tracey Emin, Anthony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter and Cy Twombly.
Richard Hamilton’s unusual take on life is represented by his most famous image and the enduring, iconic emblem of British Pop Art Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing. First produced as an original collage for the Whitechapel exhibition ‘This is tomorrow’ in 1956, the inspiration for the work seems to have come from the exhibition itself. This present example was given to the Pop Art curator John Russell, a close friend of the artist, one of only 3 proofs the artist made. It is estimated to achieve £12,000-15,000.
Image: Terry Frost (1915-2003) Orchard Tambourine