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Augustus Edwin John

1879 – 1961

Girl under a tree by Augustus Edwin John

Girl under a tree   c.1903/5

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Campbell Dodgson 76 ii/ii
S 300 x 205 mm; P & I 146 x 75 mm
Original Augustus John etching.

Very fine impression printed with delicate plate tone. From the only published edition of 25 signed proofs, as issued by Knewstub in 1906.

Girl under a tree is thought to depict the artist’s first wife, Ida. Considering that Ida began to wear her hair long by late 1905 and here she is seen wearing the style of hat found only in her earliest portraits, it is likely that this etching was drawn not long after Augustus John had returned to live in London in 1903. Girl under a tree shows the freedom of handling which is characteristic of Augustus John’s finest landscape works.

Signed by the artist with his full signature, “Augustus E. John” and inscribed in ink by the publisher, Knewstub, “No.47 The Girl under the Tree”. As with all of Augustus John’s early plates, this etching was not published in a formal edition until issued by Knewstub through his Chenil Gallery in 1906, when this proof was printed. The plate was cancelled immediately after this edition had been printed.

On pale cream laid paper, with armorial crest watermark, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine condition.