[Man and Woman: Heads in Profile]
Reference: Not recorded by Lewison or Cristea
Printed in a heavy, sticky, black ink with considerable texture on an extremely thin paper fixed to a board either before or during the printing process. A remarkable impression with a rich glossy surface still in pristine condition. Signed by the artist with initials in ink and dated 1933. At the time of writing this linocut would appear to be one of only three known proofs. One in the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh was purchased at Sothebys in 1978. The present example was acquired by its original French owner while visiting Shrewsbury and the Welsh Marches in 1933. A third printed in grey with four repeats was shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum's travelling exhibition, Ben Nicholson: the Graphic Artist in 1975 and has been more recently described in the British Museum's 1990 publication, Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1915-1960, no.72.
Note: Lewison records a similar version of this subject but confuses the present image with the one he describes and illustrates. The three known impressions of this linocut should now be described separately.
See: Lewison, Jeremy. The Early Prints of Ben Nicholson in Print Quarterly Vol II, No. 2, London, June 1985, no. 10.
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