Original Fredrick Carter wood engraving.
Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artist’s personal collection. An exceptionally clear early proof, prior to publication in Frederick Carter, Twenty Drawings (1918).
Proof impressions from Frederick Carter’s blocks are very rare, the few proofs printed during Frederick Carter’s lifetime having been solely for private use or for distribution amongst the artist’s personal friends. This imaginative design was drawn directly onto the prepared wood block by Frederick Carter; the block was then cut and worked in detail by either Carter himself or his assistant, W.M.R. Quick, to produce the finished wood engraving. Frederick Carter’s deep interest in mysticism and the supernatural inspired him to create a distinct and highly personal form of imagery, of which The Guardian Angel is an especially fine example.
On an unusually large sheet of laid Japan-style paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Fold lines in extreme outer margins, otherwise very good original condition.