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Adrian Paul Allinson

1890 – 1959

Winter Slumber by Adrian Paul Allinson

Winter Slumber   c.1920

  Original woodcut.
Signed in pencil.
S 292 x 321 mm; I 177 x 255 mm
Original Adrian Allinson woodcut.

Excellent signed proof impression. Rare.

Adrian Paul Allinson trained as an artist at the Slade School of Fine Art under Henry Tonks from 1910 to 1912. It was here that he came into contact with artists such as C.R.W. Nevinson and Stanley Spencer. He became one of the founding members of the Camden Town Group and, with other members, joined with the Vorticists to form The London Group in 1913. In the summer of 1914 he worked with Walter Sickert in Dieppe. A pacifist, Allinson associated himself with the Bloomsbury Group during the First World War. Following the war he travelled to Switzerland and the Mediterranean and it was during these years that Allinson produced a few woodcuts and wood engravings – all of which are now rare. He became a member of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1933 and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters in 1936. Today, Adrian Paul Allinson is best known as a landscape painter, especially in relation to a series of posters made for London Transport and the British railway companies during the 1930’s and 1940’s; his accomplished woodcuts and wood engravings remain comparatively unknown due to their rarity.

Although essentially a woodcut, printed from the flat side of a wooden block rather than the end grain, Winter Slumber shows Adrian Allinson using wood engraving tools to produce the finer lines creating the effect of mid-tones in the image.

On pale cream wove J Whatman paper with full margins and deckle edge. Inscribed with title and original price in an unknown hand verso. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.