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Sir George Clausen

1852 - 1944

Hay Barn by George Clausen

Hay Barn   c.1895

  Original lithograph.
Signed with initials on the stone and in pencil, lower right.
Ref:  Gibson 2
S 359 x 266 mm; I 310 x 233 mm
Original George Clausen lithograph.

Very rare. A superb pencil signed proof impression of one of George Clausenís finest lithographs, printed on specially prepared dark brown paper. Hay Barn is a rare example of the artistís earliest experiments in lithography, conducted under the expert guidance of the master printer Charles Frederick Goulding. This hand-printed proof is one of the few impressions printed on toned paper and is both signed and initialled by the artist at the lower right corner of the sheet. It has the appearance and qualties of a highly finished chalk drawing. No published edition of this outstanding lithograph was ever issued.

Barn interiors were one of the artistís favourite subjects. Their dimly lit interiors provided a wonderful variety of effects of light and shadow which appealed enormously to George Clausen. These interiors form motifs for many of his paintings and drawings and feature in a number of his printed works.

George Clausen drew only a very few lithographs between the years 1895 and 1907, after which he appears to have the abandoned the process for almost a decade. He returned to lithography, only briefly, in 1917 to produce a series of six industrial subjects for one of the Great War publications issued by the government in a limited edition. With one exception, all of George Clausenís earlier lithographs are now rare.

George Clausen exhibited an impression of this lithograph at the Society of Twelve in 1905.

On specially prepared dark brown surfaced paper, with full margins. Very fine original condition.