GRAHAM SUTHERLAND – Clegyr-Boia, 1936
Sheet size: 245 x 185 mm
Image size: 200 x 145 mm
Edition: Size of edition unknown; extremely scarce – Unsigned
Original etching with aquatint by Graham Sutherland. Printed on wove paper by Walsch, London, and published by the Curwen Press. This extraordinary, brooding etching of a Welsh landscape was created in 1936 and published in Signature 9 in July 1938. It was this work, with its obvious debt to Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert, and its anxious overtones of threat and destruction, that set the template for the entire Neo-Romantic movement. This is one of Sutherland's rarest and most important prints, in lovely condition (just one small foxmark on the reverse, not visible on the image side). There is a copy in the Tate Gallery. According to Carey & Griffiths, Avant-Garde British Printmaking, the obliterated word on the plate is "herons", the title having been originally intended to be Herons Ghyll. Refs: Man 37, Tassi 33. Condition: Excellent.