This rare proof etching is an important associational piece between Lawrence and British artist and mystic Frederick Carter. The etching was engraved following Carter’s trip to Bandol in 1929. It was published in a limited edition in 1932 as the frontispiece to D.H. Lawrence and the Body Mystical and a crude version of it was used on the dust-Jacket for Apropos of Lady Chatterley’s Lover (1930). The present copy appears to be a trial proof outside the edition of 75.
Reference: Richard Grenville Clark. Frederick Carter ARE 1883-1967: A Study of his etchings. no. 131 (illustrated p. 79).