Artist: Lewin Bassingthwaighte
History: This print, and the others comprising our online exhibition, are directly from the artist's estate and are offered in association with the artist's family. Lewin Bassingthwaighte was a highly accomplished painter and printmaker, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, who achieved a good deal of recognition in the 1960s and early 1970s. His working life was curtailed sadly by illness but fortunately he left a body of work emblematic of that exciting and creative period in time. His subjects included the landscape, still life and figures usually in an interior. In 1968 the artist wrote about his work as follows: 'I hope the work will speak for itself, but I will make one or two points. My work is about tenderness and humanity. I have used symbols such as childhood, femininity and sometimes an element of humour. In the past these might have been put under the heading of sentimentality, this I feel is a relic of Victorian thoughts. I think these ideas should be expressed very strongly in the world we inhabit today'. The original prints we have are all unframed and have been in store for many years. As a consequence some of the prints have some blemishes to the margins and/or small tears and creases. Each listing will briefly describe the condition of each print. A good number of the prints are either pencil signed or initialled by the artist whereas some are not. Each print will have the estate stamp to the reverse as an assurance of authenticity. The prices quoted are inclusive of UK shipping in a strong tube..
Title: Untitled - Red and Black
Description: This colour etching with aquatint is unsigned but has the estate stamp verso. This looks to be an early stage proof, possibly unique. The date is likely to be circa 1963/64.
Size: About 17.8 x 23.8 inches plate size and about 22.5 x 31.5 inches sheet size; unframed
Condition: The printed image is in only fair condition as during the printing process the paper separated at the extreme lower left corner of the image, about an inch in length and very narrow so not noticeable except under very close inspection. The margins are grubby and there is a large tear to the paper at the right hand edge and three smaller tears along the lower edge of the sheet.