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Quincy, no 1

Etching, signed ‘John f.’ in the plate, and in pencil below the platemark, numbered 22/25 in violet pencil, with title and catalogue reference numbers in pencil at the lower edge of the sheet

Edition of 25 impressions


10.5 x 9 cm (plate); 28.4 x 22.7 cm (sheet)

Provenance: lot 35, Christies, July 17, 1962. Augustus John Studio Sale.

Ref: Campbell Dodgson. No 44.

This captivating etching of Quincy from 1906, shows a young girl, facing the viewer but with a shy gaze and averted eyes. Pre-war etchings by John are highly sought-after and this early example dates from 1906. This example numbered 22/25 was sold in the Augustus John Studio sale in 1962, where the examples retained by the artist were put on sale and presumably it was from these that Campbell Dodgson had worked when he produced the catalogue of John’s etchings. This etching is one of a number of female heads executed during the same period, full of poise and character. This single study of a young girl’s head shows a perplexed, shy and rather contemplative sitter.


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