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Clifford Addams

1876 - 1942

A Cardinal’s Palace, Venice by Clifford Addams

A Cardinal’s Palace, Venice   c.1914

  Original etching with drypoint.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Hausberg 10 ii/v
S 291 x 219 mm; P & I 274 x 192 mm
Original Clifford Addams etching with drypoint.

Working proof from the artist's personal collection. Signed proof printed in black ink, with delicate plate tone. Inscribed “A Cardinal’s Palace No.II”. In this state of the plate Addams has added considerable work in the water, making it appear choppy due to the activity of the boats and gondolas. (It is worth noting that whilst Hausberg's catalogue provides a basic reference framework for the prints of Clifford Addams, her cataloguing of the various state changes is woefully inadequate and often completely inaccurate in the order in which states are defined.)

Inscribed "A imp." indicating that this proof was printed by Clifford Addams himself.

A Cardinal’s Palace, Venice is one of the most complex of Clifford Addams’ Venetian plates in the style of Whistler. Not only did he take this plate through a number of extensive variations in its three basic states, but also he went on to use this composition to produce his etching of Dressmaker’s Balcony, Venice. It remains one of Clifford Addams’ finest etched works.

On pale cream wove paper with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition, image surface excellent.