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Allen William Seaby

1867 – 1953

Magpie by Allen William Seaby
 

Magpie  

  Original woodcut, printed in colours.
Signed in pencil.
S 252 x 348 mm; I 219 x 304 mm
£310
 
Signed trial proof impression, prior to the published numbered edition. Very fine impression printed with greater emphasis on a subtle blue tint in the dark feathers of the bird rather than the more basic black used throughout much of the published numbered edition. This is an especially carefully inked example of one of Allen William Seaby’s best known bird prints.

The influential woodcut artist Alan William Seaby was, rather appropriately, the son of a cabinet maker and carpenter. He studied the art of colour woodcut printing at the Reading School of Art under the pioneer of Japanese woodcut printing in Britain, Frank Morley Fletcher and he went on to become a member of staff at Reading in 1899, remaining there for the rest of his career. Seaby became a particular expert in the art of colour woodcut printmaking and his prints were exhibited worldwide. He won the gold medal for colour woodcut printmaking in Milan in 1906, and the gold medal at the Printmaker’s Society of California in Los Angeles in 1937. He was also a watercolourist and book illustrator. Seaby specialised in the depiction of British wildlife, and in particular in the depiction of birds.

On simile Japan paper with margins as prepared by the artist. Mild time tone in margins. Tape residue at sheet edges verso, otherwise generally very good original condition.