GRAHAM SUTHERLAND – Under Water, 1937
Sheet size: 245 x 185 mm
Image size: 220 x 150 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown; extremely scarce – Signed in plate
Original lithograph by Graham Sutherland, initially G.S. in the stone. This lithograph was made to advertise the work of the lithographic printers Henderson & Spalding. It incorporates the following text: This auto-lithograph has been drawn direct on to five grained zinc plates by the artist and specially printed for 'SIGNATURE.' June 1937, by Henderson & Spalding Ltd at the Sylvan Press, London S.E.15, to show how economically good effects can be made by Colour Craftsmen. Printed on Cylinder wove paper. There is text on the reverse of the sheet. This was one of Sutherland's earliest lithographs. It was reproduced on the back cover of Stephen Laird's catalogue to the 2009 exhibition Twentieth Century British Lithographs: From Pastoral to Pop Art. Oliver Simon in Printer and Playground says that 444 copies of this issue of Signature were sold, but many fewer seem to have survived. Condition: Excellent.