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James Hamilton Hay

1874 - 1916

The New Lion, British Museum by James Hamilton Hay

The New Lion, British Museum   1913

  Original drypoint.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Campbell Dodgson 15
S 407 x 264 mm; P & I 267 x 216 mm
Original James Hamilton Hay drypoint.

Outstanding impression of this scarce unpublished work, with rich drypoint burr.

One of James Hamilton Hay’s finest works. A truly splendid view of one of the majestic stone lions which guard the entrance to the British Museum, shortly after it had been moved into place. The hoisting gear used to place the lion is seen in the background. A fascination period view of London which reflects the clear influence of James Hamilton Hay’s friend Henry Rushbury.

Provenance: The sole impression from the artist’s estate via his sister Maria Hay – only one other impression of this print has been located (Museum collection).

None of James Hamilton Hay’s plates was ever published in a formal edition and all are now scarce.

On fine laid simile Japan paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Minor marginal foxing, otherwise very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.