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John Edgar Platt

1886 - 1967

The Port of St. Tropez by John Edgar Platt

The Port of St. Tropez   1924

  Original woodcut, printed in colours.
Signed, titled and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Chapman 12
S 383 x 290 mm; I  342 x 261 mm
Special presentation proof dedicated by the artist “To Robert Austin from John Platt, 1928”. A proof aside from the projected edition of 100 signed proofs printed in sepia, grey and black inks (recorded edition 100 and a further 20 numbered with Roman numerals).

For his splendid large scale woodcut of St. Tropez, J.E.Platt used a keyblock printed with black ink and added the remarkable effects of a gently rippled sea using a further block printing with grey ink. The only element of colour is the limited use of brown ink printed from a third block on the masts and decks of the moored vessels. This woodcut won John Edgar Platt the Storrow Prize at the International Printmaker’s Exhibition in Los Angeles in 1925.

On cream simile Japan paper with margins. Very good original condition.

Provenance: Collection of the artist and printmaker Robert Sargent Austin, thence by descent to Rachel Austin, one of the artist’s two daughters.