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Frederick Carter

  1883 - 1967
 
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The Little Hill

The Little Hill   1937

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed large paper proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock of this carefully crafted wood engraving. Unique. This item is sold together with a rare signed proof impression of this wood engraving. Both items come from the artistís own personal collection.

£440 - the pair



Dionysia

Dionysia   1918

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed large paper proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock of this imaginative and finely wrought wood engraving. Unique. This item is sold together with a rare signed proof impression of this wood engraving. Both items come from the artistís own personal collection.

£420 - the pair



The Angel of Fire sold

The Angel of Fire   c.1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A particularly strong, early proof.

SOLD



The Two Fishes sold

The Two Fishes   1926

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A very fine early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter's seminal work The Dragon of the Alchemists a book of Drawings by Frederick Carter (1926).

SOLD



The Guardian Angel sold

The Guardian Angel   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. An exceptionally clear early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



The Ship of Dreams sold

The Ship of Dreams   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A very strong, early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



The Daimon sold

The Daimon   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. An early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



The Balance sold

The Balance   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A particularly good early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



Anima Mundi sold

Anima Mundi   1926

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A very fine early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter's seminal work The Dragon of the Alchemists a book of Drawings by Frederick Carter (1926).

SOLD



Mnemosyne sold

Mnemosyne   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. An especially fine early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



Bathers at the Pool sold

Bathers at the Pool   c.1926

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. A beautifull clear, early proof.

SOLD



The Dreamers sold

The Dreamers   1918

Original wood engraving by Frederick Carter and W.M.R. Quick.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artistís personal collection. An exceptionally clear early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).

SOLD



The Libation sold

The Libation   c.1918

Original wood engraving.

Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artist's personal collection. An outstanding proof, prior to publication.

SOLD



The Slayer of the Dead

The Slayer of the Dead   1926

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed large paper proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock of this beautifully wrought wood engraving. Unique. Together with an extremely rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís own personal collection.

£420 - the pair



The Rain of Stars

The Rain of Stars   1926

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock of this exquisitely wrought wood engraving. Unique. Together with an extremely rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís own personal collection.

£400 - the pair



The Water Pourer

The Water Pourer   1926

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed large paper proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock of this beautifully wrought wood engraving. Unique. Together with an extremely rare lifetime proof impression, from the artistís own personal collection.

£395 - the pair



The Seven Candles sold

The Seven Candles   1926

Original engraved woodblock, accompanied by a signed large paper proof impression of this wood engraving.

The original engraved woodblock engraved for Frederick Carterís seminal work The Dragon of the Alchemists a book of Drawings by Frederick Carter (Elkin Mathews Ltd., London, 1926). Unique.

This item is sold together with a rare signed proof large paper proof impression of this wood engraving. Both block and proof come from the artistís personal collection Ė a collection which has remained intact until the present day.

SOLD



Youth and Age (The Wandering Jew)

Youth and Age (The Wandering Jew)   1928

Original etching with drypoint.

Very good strong impression from the only edition of 25 signed and numbered proofs.

£195



Standing Nude sold

Standing Nude   1932

Original engraving.

Excellent impression, printed with tone. From the only edition of 25 signed but unnumbered proofs.

SOLD



Waterloo Bridge Steps sold

Waterloo Bridge Steps   1913

Original etching.

Very good signed proof impression, printed with tone. Rare.

SOLD



Gigolette sold

Gigolette   1907

Original etching.

Frederick Carterís first known etching, made on the back of an engraved copper plate for a business card. An extremely rare early proof impression, signed in pencil by the artist.

SOLD



The Little Dancers sold

The Little Dancers   1909

Original etching.

Very fine early signed proof impression. Rare.

SOLD



Symphonie Polichinelle sold

Symphonie Polichinelle   1911

Original etching.

One of only 50 early proof impressions printed in the first state, before the plate was cut down for the normal edition. From the artist's own private collection.

SOLD



Clowns sold

Clowns   1913

Original drypoint.

Particularly fresh signed proof impression with rich, velvety drypoint burr. A rare early proof printed with considerable plate tone.

SOLD



Tree of Life sold

Tree of Life   1931-32

Original line engraving with drypoint.

Rare pencil signed lifetime proof impression of far superior quality to the modern re-prints which have been printed from the uncancelled plate in recent years. Very fine proof impression, printed with plate tone.

SOLD

 

A great believer in the power of the subconscious, Frederick Carter had experimented with automatic drawing between 1915 and 1924, along with fellow symbolist Austin Osman Spare. He hoped that this might prove to be a means of releasing suppressed associations and images from the subliminal, through which he, like the early alchemists, might discover the essence of life itself.

Frederick Carterís deep interest in alchemy and all aspects of the supernatural and the occult, led him to produce an esoteric symbolism which is apparent throughout his work. Nowhere is this displayed more clearly than in his works for The Dragon of the Alchemists. Frederick Carter provided little or no explanation regarding the significance of his imagery which combines symbols of established religion with those of mysticism and it is likely that he intended the meaning of many of his images to remain shrouded in mystery. [more]