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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

In the Doorway by William Lee-Hankey

In the Doorway   1909

  Original etching with drypoint.
Signed and numbered in pencil. Further signed with the artist’s blindstamp.
Ref: Hardie 56 i/ii
S 322 x 275 mm; P & I 202 x 201 mm
One of only 6 impressions printed in the first state of the plate, prior to the addition of aquatint.

Very rare early working proof impression
, prior to the normal edition. Signed and inscribed by the artist in pencil “No.2”, indicating the second proof to be taken from the freshly worked plate. Etched on zinc, In the Doorway was converted into an aquatint for the published edition of only 25 proofs. Working proofs of William Lee-Hankey’s plates, such as this, are universally rare.

On cream laid paper with full margins. Very good original condition.