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Allan Gwynne-Jones

1892 - 1982

Trinity Fair at Gunhill, Southwold by Allan Gwynne-Jones

Trinity Fair at Gunhill, Southwold   1929-30

  Original line engraving.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
S 201 x 164 mm; P & I 146 x 128 mm
Original Allan Gwynne-Jones engraving.

One of only two proofs printed in the first state of the plate. Signed and inscribed in pencil by the artist “1st state. 2 proofs thus”.

The busiest of Allan Gwynne-Jones’s engraved works, this lively scene of a crowded fair is one of two well-known funfair scenes made as engravings by this artist. The only edition of this engraving was issued by Gwynne-Jones after the plate had been completed in 1930.

All of the carefully crafted etchings and engraving by Allan Gwynne-Jones were created during the period when he was Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art in London, between the years 1923 and 1930. Allan Gwynne-Jones adopted a dense method of cross-hatching which reflects the techniques of F.L.Griggs and of Samuel Palmer before him. However, the elaborate realism of Gwynne-Jones’s printed works seldom lingers on an ideal past, but concentrates instead upon contemporary life in the countryside.

On cream wove paper with full margins and deckle-edge. With the artist’s pencil framing notes in the outer margins. Very good condition for a working proof of this nature. Image surface excellent.