Original Fredrick Carter wood engraving.
Very rare signed lifetime proof impression, from the artist’s personal collection. A very strong, 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 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.
Originally entitled The Ship of the Gods, Frederick Carter re-used this image in the special portfolio issue of his seminal publication The Dragon of the Alchemists, under the title The Ship of Dreams.
On simile Japan paper, with full margins. Faintest suggestion of foxing to sheet, otherwise very good original condition.