Augustus Edwin John (1878 - 1961)
Augustus John, a masterful draftsman, painter, and etcher was born in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, and studied art at the Slade School in London. Even while a student, his drawings were widely regarded as the best of their era. He was highly unconventional both in his personal life and in his artistic career. In time, his style became more colorful and more direct. The resulting portraits that emerged from his mature style are among the most famous of the twentieth century. John also produced etchings inspired by Rembrandt and other masters. The immediacy and dramatic character of his work resulted in a striking body of etchings consisting primarily of portraits, reflecting the central focus of his artistic career.
A Girl's Head
Etching, 1919, edition of 50. Image size 4” x 6”; sheet size 8” x 10-7/8”, signed in pencil lower right. Fine. Matted and framed with archival quality materials.
A Glass Of Wine
Etching, 1902, edition of 25. Image size 4” x 5-3/8”; sheet size 8-7/8” x 11-1/8”. Signed in the plate and in pencil lower right corner. Titled, inscribed "Plate No 45" and numbered 14/25 in ink, lower margin. Matted and framed with archival quality materials.
Woman In Hat
Etching, 1933; edition of 750. Image size 6¼” x 8¼”; sheet size 10-3/8” x 12¼”. Likely a portrait of Dorelia McNeil (1881-1969), who lived with Augustus John from 1904 until his death in 1961.
Etching, 1903, edition of 25. Image size 3-7/8” x 6-3/8” sheet size 8¼” x 11-3/8”. Signed in pencil lower right. Titled, numbered 13/25 and inscribed "Plate No 70" in ink lower margin. Fine. Matted and framed with archival quality materials.