Nelson Dawson


Scarborough from the Sea

Scarborough from the Sea by Nelson Dawson


Soft ground etching and aquatint printed in colours1911 or 1912220x260mm[sheet 420x370mm]

Literature: The Studio, Vol. 55, 1912, pp.178-192, illustrated.


A superb impression with bright, vibrant colours, printed by the artist on cream laid paper. Signed in pencil and numbered 1, presumably from a small edition since impressions are seldom encountered.

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.