Nelson Dawson


Scarborough in Twilight

Scarborough in Twilight by Nelson Dawson


Aquatint printed in colours1912243x345mm[sheet 457x488mm]


A magnificent impression of this large and extremely rare print. Printed by the artist on cream wove paper, the colours bright and vibrant. Signed in pencil, dated, July 12, 1912 and inscribed in the lower margin, 8 Reserve proofs of which this is No.6

Although primarily known as an ornamental metal worker in the Arts and Crafts tradition, Nelson Dawson took up etching in 1909 and over the next twenty years until the death of his first wife, produced a significant body of work. By far the most interesting however are the small number of colour prints he made in 1911 and 1912 in the company of William Lee-Hankey. Together they had established the School of Colour Printing at St. Peter's Square in Hammersmith. Here they taught artists and friends - both wives were included - but the project was short-lived. Dawson made fewer than twenty-five colour prints, usually soft-ground etchings with aquatint, but at the outbreak of the First World War he was living in Venice and had given up the process altogether.