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Stephen F. Gooden

1892 – 1955

St. George by Stephen F. Gooden

St. George   1935

  Original line engraving.
Signed and dated in pencil.
Ref: Campbell Dodgson 18 iv/iv
S 327 x 255 mm; P 160 mm diameter.
Original Stephen Gooden line engraving.

Exceptionally fine signed proof impression from the only edition. Issued as an independent plate, this remarkable work was engraved in just seventeen days, specifically for the Royal Academy exhibition of 1935.

A superb example of Stephen Gooden’s highly finished line engraving technique, St. George is one of the artist’s three largest independent plates. The meticulous handling of Gooden’s works moved the famous print connoisseur Campbell Dodgson to write: “Rare in these days of haste and impatience, in which the slow achievement of perfection in any branch of art is out of fashion, is the diligent craftsmanship which has produced (these) exquisite engravings...”.

Stephen Gooden was the leading exponent of the re-introduction of original line engraving to England during the 1920’s. He produced few independent engravings, the main body of his work being book illustrations for the private presses and privately commissioned bookplates. His most famous bookplates were engraved as private plates for the English Royal Family.

On warm white laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.