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Haydn Reynolds Mackey

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Pietá sold

Pietá   c.1937-38

Original linocut with oil paint colouring.

Unique pair of trial proofs – one printed in black ink alone, the other finished in colours with oil paints by the artist.


Timber Hauling sold

Timber Hauling   c.1937-38

Original linocut with gouache colouring.

Unique hand-painted working proof impression from the artist’s own studio collection. Printed in black ink and painted with blue, green, brown and red gouache colours. The artist has coloured this working proof impression only in certain areas of the print.


Homewards plods his weary way sold

Homewards plods his weary way   c.1925

Original linocut with oil paint colouring.

Unique colour proof in its completed form.


[The Advance] sold

[The Advance]   c.1925

Original linocut.

Trial proof impression printed in black ink.


Bookplate of G. Catalani sold

Bookplate of G. Catalani   c.1925

Original linocut.

Trial proof impression, printed in black ink, on fine transparent tissue.



The bold coloured linocuts of printmaker and book illustrator Haydn Reynolds Mackey represent an innovative departure from recognised methods of colour printmaking. Although they appear, at first sight, to be multiple colour printed linocuts on heavy wove oatmeal paper, this is not the case. They are, in fact, single impression linocuts printed in black ink on fine tracing-style tissue paper which Haydn Mackey then hand-painted and presented in a manner unique to his work.

Having printed his linocut in black ink, H.R.Mackey would hand colour each proof with thick opaque oil paint on the reverse of the fine transparent printed sheet. He would then apply this hand coloured proof on to a heavy oatmeal backing paper, paint surface downward. Once the printed sheet was perfectly adhered to the backing, he would trim the edges so that both sheets appear as one. The resulting effect is for the strong oil colours to show through the transparent paper of the proof print, giving the appearance of a perfectly registered multiple colour printing of the finest and most even nature.

Haydn Reynolds Mackey’s prints are consistently rare, having never been published in formal editions. It is likely that the time and difficulty involved in producing each final colour print precluded the production of these prints on a commercial scale. Mackey’s works of this nature remain some of the most striking linocuts produced in England at this time, outside the Grosvenor School. [more]