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Alfred Hugh Fisher

1867 – 1945

Julius Komjáti by Alfred Hugh Fisher

Julius Komjáti   1933

  Original drypoint.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
S 379 x 282 mm; P & I 224 x 151 mm
Original Alfred Hugh Fisher etching.

Signed presentation proof given by Alfred Hugh Fisher to Malcolm Salaman, the leading critic and commentator on etchings of the period. Superb impression with the drypoint burr printing fresh and rich; a proof aside from the only published edition of 30 signed and numbered impressions.

The Hungarian etcher, Julius Komjáti came to England in 1927, and it was in this country that the vast bulk of his etched work was either produced or, in the instance of his early plates, first published. Julius Komjáti had been one of only two thousand people, out of an original sixteen thousand, to survive over a year’s captivity in the hands of the Roumanians during the First World War. The terrible experiences which he had suffered during his captivity found poignant expression though his etchings, many of which displayed Komjáti’s deep religious convictions regarding the suffering of his fellow men.

This drypoint was the first of two portraits of Julius Komjáti made by Hugh Fisher, the other being Julius Komjati in a hat of 1934.

On soft cream simile Japan paper, with full margins and deckle edge. One short nick at extreme left edge of sheet, otherwise excellent original condition.