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Clifford Addams

1876 - 1942

Parliament Square by Clifford Addams

Parliament Square   1920

  Original etching and drypoint
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Hausberg 73 iv/iv
S 317 x 459 mm; P & I 283 x 376 mm
Original Clifford Addams etching and drypoint.

Unique hand worked proof impression from the artist’s own personal collection, heavily worked up in dark chalk with the figures of angels in the sky above Parliament and Westminster Abbey.

Very strong impression with the foreground shadows, clouds and figures of angels, all added by hand in black chalk.

Parliament Square is one of Clifford Addams’ final London etchings, made just before the artist abandoned his family, leaving England to live in America. Clifford Addams’ relationship with his wife Inez appears to have become increasingly fraught as their family grew. His son recalled arguments after which his father would suddenly leave for trips abroad, declaring “I find no inspiration here” and this restlessness increased after Clifford’s time away from his family during the Great War. He only returned to live at home in London for one year, between March 1919 and the summer of 1920 before abandoning his family to live permanently in America. This unique hand worked impression in the final state of the plate appears to reflect Clifford Addams’ disturbed state of mind at this time.

On cream wove paper, watermarked GM, with full margins. Generally very good original condition.