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Clifford Addams

1876 - 1942

War Declared: Under Charing Cross Bridge, August 4 1914 by Clifford Addams

War Declared: Under Charing Cross Bridge, August 4 1914   1914/1919

  Original etching and drypoint
Signed and dated in the plate.
Ref: Hausberg 90 ii/v
S 267 x 419 mm; P & I 224 x 377 mm
Original Clifford Addams etching and drypoint.

A very early proof in the second state (of five). The artist’s own personal working proof impression, inscribed in pencil, verso, “Property, Dawn Addams” (the artist’s granddaughter).

Very fine impression, printed by the artist himself. A very early proof in the second state (of five), prior to the introduction of a woman to the left of the large figure of Dianne Adams and before the deeply bitten etched shading was added.

This large etching shows a view along the Embankment from under Charing Cross railway bridge, with Big Ben in the distance. The young woman in the foreground facing left is the artist’s daughter, Dianne. Newspapers carrying the headlines “War proclaimed Germany” lie scattered on the ground and the etching is dated in the plate 4 August 1914, the date when the First World War was declared. Although the composition of this particular etching was begun in 1914, the plate was not completed until 1919 when the sole edition of about 10 impressions was printed (the cranes at work on the construction of London County Council Hall at this time can be seen in the background).

Provenance: bequeathed by the artist to his son, James; thence by descent to Dawn Addams, the artist’s granddaughter.

On cream wove paper, with full margins and deckle edge. One expertly repaired tear at left edge of sheet, just entering platemark; lower platemark strengthened verso, otherwise very good condition.