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Stanley Anderson

1884 – 1966

Wreckage by Stanley Anderson

Wreckage   1922

  Original drypoint.
Signed, titled and editioned in pencil.
Ref: Meyrick 138
S 345 x 292 mm; P 205 181 mm; I 201 x 181 mm
Original Stanley Anderson drypoint.

Excellent signed proof impression, with rich drypoint burr, from the edition of only 25 proofs.

Wreckage shows a scene of destitution set under the portico of St. Paul’s, the Actor Church in Covent Garden. This drypoint was singled out by Malcolm Salaman, the leading critic of the British Etching Revival, for its “tragic pathos”, describing the plate as “impressively designed” and the “finest” Stanley Anderson had “yet wrought in the course of his etched studies of London streets and buildings peopled with loafers and wayfarers”. Wreckage was one of the first of Stanley Anderson’s outstanding series of etchings and engravings depicting the tramps of London and Paris. These poignant works have come to form an unusual social document of a side of life rarely portrayed in the fine arts.

On special blue-green toned F J Head & Co laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Evidence of previous mounting at edges of sheet, otherwise generally very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.