Sir George CLAUSEN, R.A., R.W.S., R.I. (1852-1944)
10 cm x 8.2 cm (plate)
Provenance: The Estate of Jill Balcon (Mrs C Day-Lewis) [1925-2009]
Clausen's daughter Margaret Mary "Meg" was seven years old when the artist made this portrait etching of her as a New Year gift for close friends. The first run of prints had an inscription scratched into the plate reading ‘With good wishes for the New Year, George Clausen 1892’. The plate was then subsequently trimmed at the bottom so that a small number of further copies could be issued without what would then have been a passé greeting.
This is a particularly fine impression of the uninscribed print, with a small amount of ink left on the edges of the plate forming a delicate border at the top and bottom margins. It is currently displayed in the easel-frame in which it was kept by Jill Balcon on her writing desk.
Literature: Frank Gibson, ‘The Etchings and Lithographs of George Clausen, RA’, The Print Collector’s Quarterly, vol.V I I I 1921, p.215, no.10/I I
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