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Alfred Waldron

Masque by Alfred Waldron

Masque   c.1934

  Original wood engraving.
Signed, numbered and titled in pencil.
S 389 x 191 mm; I 298 x 139 mm
Very good impression printed with strong, even blacks. Signed and numbered from the only edition of 40 proofs.

Alfred Waldron was a member of an artists’ colony on the little island of Sark, in the Channel Islands. Founded in the early 1930’s, the colony’s most famous member was the author and artist Mervyn Peake. Mervyn Peake had moved to Sark in 1932 and in 1933 Peake’s former English teacher, Eric Drake, was instrumental in the construction of a new art gallery on the island which was also used as a social centre. It was around this centre that Sark’s artist colony was formed and it was here that in 1934 Alfred Waldron was to exhibit his original prints.

“For Eric Drake, ‘he [Waldron] seemed to live in a world of fantasy that was private to him, if not completely autistic. I think we all felt his innate ability, but we also knew of his traumatic childhood; I hoped Sark would snap him out of it, but I guess it needed more than that’ (Letter to G.P. Winnington dated 19 September 1977)” (G. Peter Winnington Mervyn Peake's Vast Alchemies, revised and enlarged edition, published by Peter Owen, London, 2009).

On simile Japan paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Generally very good original condition.