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Fred Richards

1887 - 1932

Siena by Fred Richards

Siena   c.1926

  Original etching.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
S 320 x 248 mm; P & I 241 x 185 mm
Special presentation proof given by the artist to the famous collector and bibliophile Albert Ehrman, dedicated by the Fred Richards in pencil “‘A city built upon a hill doth fill my soul with rich content’ To my friends Mr & Mrs A. Ehrman’ Dec. 1926”. Excellent proof impression printed with considerable plate tone.

Albert Ehrman (1890-1969) was a wealthy diamond merchant and an illustrious bibliophile who formed the famous ‘Broxbourne Library’. Around 650 volumes from this collection were given by his son, John Ehrman, to Cambridge University Library in 1978 and a further 4,000 items were presented to the Bodlean Library in Oxford.

Some of the finest etched works by Fred Richards come from his sojourn in Italy during the mid-1920’s. This marvelous etched study of the ancient city of Siena is one of his finest topographical views.

On fine cream wove paper, with margins. Very fine original condition.