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William Giles

  1872 - 1938
 
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Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi   c.1926

Original woodcut and relief print from zinc plates, printed in colours.

Superb impression of this magnificent colour print with totally fresh, vibrant colours.

The most famous colour relief print by William Giles

On reserve.



Ponte Vecchio, Florence

Ponte Vecchio, Florence   c.1921

Original relief print from zinc plates, printed in colours.

This impressive large-scale colour print depicting the Ponte Vecchio in Florence is the most complex multiple zinc plate colour print by William Giles.

Superb signed proof impression printed in colours from six zinc plates using the method which Giles invented for colour printmaking. A very fine example with exceptionally fresh colours, numbered ‘26’ from the only edition.

£680



Clitunno, near Assisi

Clitunno, near Assisi   c.1914

Original relief print from zinc plates, printed in colours.

Excellent proof impression with fresh unfaded colours, signed and numbered ‘69’ from the only edition. Printed in colours from six zinc plates using the method which Giles invented for colour printmaking.

£375



The Haunt of the Jay sold

The Haunt of the Jay  

Original woodcut and relief print from zinc plates, printed in colours.

This striking colour print of a Jay in flight is widely regarded as one of the finest works by the innovative colour printmaker William Giles.

Numbered ‘28’ from the only edition. The edition is thought to have been 30 proofs only and examples are now rare.

SOLD

 

William Giles was one of the most important innovators in original colour printmaking in Britain during the first three decades of the twentieth-century. Having begun with the traditional colour woodcut method, he experimented widely, first with aquatint and then with relief printing from zinc plates in an attempt to produce pure, even areas of colour. He developed a novel range of inks ranging from watercolour mixed with rice paste, to powered colour dissolved in volatile oil, in order to achieve an ever greater range and depth of colour throughout his prints.

His first experiments using zinc plates for relief printing date from 1902 and by 1920 William Giles had developed the novel technique from which his impressive colour relief prints were made, using a combination of six zinc plates coated with shellac. Each plate was inked to print a single intense colour from the raised areas of its etched surface and no ‘key block’ was used (the innovation of omitting the traditional ‘key block’ must now be regarded as one of William Giles’s great contributions to the art of colour printing – a contribution which is normally accredited to Claude Flight). The result is a strikingly effective image with fresh, even colours of a nature unique to the works of this pioneering artist. [more]