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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

Women of Étaples by William Lee-Hankey

Women of Étaples   c.1928

  Original drypoint.
Signed in pencil, and with the artist’s blindstamp.
Ref: Post Hardie
S 376 x 230 mm; P & I 204 x 170 mm
Excellent impression with totally fresh drypoint burr and exceptional contrast. A particularly strong impression from the only edition of 100 signed proofs printed by the artist himself.

William Lee-Hankey was one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in original drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century. His intense portrait studies of the local folk of Britanny display an emotive understanding which was acquired over many years amongst the people which they portray. Women of Étaples is the style of portrait which finds Lee-Hankey at his best – here, he has captured the differing emotions of two different generations of the same family, whilst expressing the bond of care which exists between them.

On coarse simile Japan paper with full margins. Traces of previous hinging at edge of sheet verso. Some discolouration in margins, otherwise very good original condition. Image surface excellent.