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Clifford Addams

1876 - 1942

Parliament Square by Clifford Addams

Parliament Square   1920

  Original etching and drypoint
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Hausberg 73 iii/iv
S 330 x 442 mm; P & I 283 x 376 mm
Original Clifford Addams etching and drypoint.

Outstanding working proof impression from the artist's own personal collection. In the third state (of four) - in this state, the image is at its most elaborate, the group of dogs in the foreground having just been added and the trees completed. In the subsequent state the group of dogs was removed and the delicate drypoint work began to break down.

A particularly good impression with the delicate drypoint work delineating the Houses of Parliament printing with unblemished clarity.

Parliament Square is one of Clifford Addams’ final London etchings, made just before the artist abandoned his family, leaving England to live in America. Clifford Addams’ relationship with his wife Inez appears to have become increasingly fraught as their family grew. His son recalled arguments after which his father would suddenly leave for trips abroad, declaring “I find no inspiration here” and this restlessness increased after Clifford’s time away from his family during the Great War. He only returned to live at home in London for one year, between March 1919 and the summer of 1920 before abandoning his family to live permanently in America.

On cream wove paper with full margins. Very good original condition.