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Francis Dodd

1874 - 1949

Leόn by Francis Dodd


  Original drypoint
Signed and titled in pencil.
Post Schwabe.
S 240 x 335 mm; P 191 x 288 mm, I 185 x 278 mm
Original Francis Dodd drypoint.

Excellent impression with rich drypoint burr; signed proof from the only edition.

The superbly accurate topographical drypoints of Francis Dodd are never mere studies of architecture; they are vibrant scenes, full of the lively interest which gives the place its distinct character. This image shows the Basilica of San Isidoro at Leόn in Spain. Leόn is the capital of the Spanish province which bears its name. The city was founded by the Romans and the Basilica is located on the site of an ancient Roman temple. An equestrian statue of Saint Isidore dressed as Santiago Matamoros can be seen high on the façade near the centre of Dodd’s drypoint.

On cream wove paper with full margins. Excellent original condition.

Provenance: From the collection of Kenneth M. Guichard, author of the influential book British Etchers 1850 – 1940, with his collector’s stamp at the extreme outer corner of the sheet verso.