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Salomon van Abbé

1883 – 1955

The Judgement by Salomon van Abbé

The Judgement   c.1927

  Original drypoint.
Signed and numbered in pencil.
S 463 320 mm; P & I 265 x 264 mm
Original Salomon van Abbé drypoint.

Very strong signed proof impression with rich drypoint burr. From the only edition of 50 numbered proofs.

In 1927 Salomon van Abbé had been selected to serve on a jury of the King’s Bench in London. Inspired by what he saw, he returned to the Law Courts in his artistic capacity as soon as his service as a juror was over. His rapid draftsmanship, developed whilst working as a newspaper artist, was perfectly suited to recording the expressive characters and the emotions played out so publicly during legal proceedings. The result was the finest group of legal prints produced in recent times.

The Judgement was one of the first of Salomon van Abbé’s outstanding legal subjects. Here, he has captured the stern face of a judge with the onerous responsibility of weighing up the arguments presented before delivering his judgement.

On cream wove paper, watermarked F J Head & Co, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition.