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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

The Secret by William Lee-Hankey

The Secret   1920

  Original drypoint.
Signed in pencil, and with the artist’s blindstamp.
Ref: Hardie 171
S 256 x 195 mm; P & I 150 x 101 mm
Superb impression with rich drypoint burr and strong contrast, from the only edition of 100 signed proofs, printed by the artist himself.

The Secret typifies the touching and expressive style of portrait which finds William Lee-Hankey at his most inspired. The little girl looks out of the picture as though she senses the viewer attempting to intrude upon a secret which she does not intend to share. This form of intimate subject became a recurring theme throughout William Lee-Hankey’s work – a theme in which he remained unsurpassed throughout the British Etching Revival.

On cream wove paper with wide margins. Very fine condition.