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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

The Open Window by William Lee-Hankey

The Open Window   1923

  Original drypoint.
Signed in pencil, and with the artist’s blindstamp.
Ref: Post Hardie.
S 322 x 275 mm; P & I 202 x 201 mm
Excellent impression with strong, fresh drypoint burr, from the only edition of 100 signed proofs printed by the artist himself. It seems likely that some accident may have befallen a large number of the impressions from this edition as this particular work by William Lee-Hankey is rarely seen today.

The Open Window is the style of moving portrait which finds William Lee-Hankey at his most inspired. The subject of ‘mother and child’ became a recurring theme throughout William Lee-Hankey’s work – a theme in which he remained unsurpassed throughout the British Etching Revival. In this acutely observed study, the artist has captured perfectly a quiet moment of contemplation as his sitter gazes through the open window - from which this image takes it title.

On coarse hand-made paper with full margins and deckle edge. Some time tone in margins, otherwise generally very good condition.