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  • W. L Wylie R. A., Old Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank,

    £850 Stock code: AD1536 A
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    W. L Wylie R. A., Old Waterloo Bridge from the South Bank,

    An original dry-point engraving by British marine artist, painter etcher and illustrator W. L. Wyllie (1851-1931) showing Old Waterloo Bridge from the Surrey shore with three steam Toshers working on the Lambeth Reach of the River Thames. Mounted and in its original frame. Old Waterloo bridge, designed and built by the engineer John Rennie was built in 1827 and stood until 1924 when the increased scour of the river, caused by the removal of the many-piered Old London Bridge, made necessary its dismantling and replacement. Signed by the artist in pencil in he margin.
    Dimensions: 36.2cm (14¼") High, 51cm (20") Wide, 1.7cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1536 A
    £850
  • W. L Wylie R. A., Sugar boats Greenwich Reach,

    £850 Stock code: AD1536 B
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    W. L Wylie R. A., Sugar boats Greenwich Reach,

    An original dry-point engraving by British marine artist, painter etcher and illustrator W. L. Wyllie (1851-1931). Signed in pencil by the artist "A view of Greenwich from the Isle of Dogs (i.e. the north-west) with figures, probably local boys, swimming off the beach in the foreground around a small lighter. The Royal Naval College is to the left and the Royal Observatory high in the background above the Park and the riverside town centre of Greenwich proper. In the centre cargo ships are unloading sugar into lighters alongside, in the deep-water mooring tier between Greenwich and Deptford. The atmosphere beyond over the shoreline is one of industrial haze through which a Thames barge, chimneys and a crane can be seen. Astern of the ships small steamers cluster off Greenwich Pier." National Maritime Museum listing.
    Dimensions: 29.5cm (11½") High, 47.8cm (18¾") Wide, 1.7cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: AD1536 B
    £850
  • Our Fathers, To The Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded

    £725 the pair Stock code: AD1512
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    Our Fathers, To The Memory of the Nameless Killed and Wounded

    A set of four etchings in two frames depicting ships of war and life at sea in English history By William Wylie and accompanied by the words of Cpt. Ronald Hopwood's poem Our Fathers. William Lionel Wylie was the most distinguished marine artist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He became almost a painter laureate to the Royal Navy, so much so that during his funeral, in a scene reminiscent of Nelson's state funeral in 1806, his body was rowed up Portsmouth Harbour in a naval cutter past battleships with dipped colours and bugles calling and quaysides lined with dockyard workers. Similarly Captain Ronald A Hopwood was described as the poet laureate of the Royal Navy by Time Magazine in 1941. His most enduring work, The Laws of the Navy, became and remains a sort of Works and Days primer for naval life, both inspiring and edifying seamen in the ways of the senior service.  After the Battle of Jutland in 1916 when the press was critical of an apparent failure by the Royal Navy to achieve a clear victory against the Imperial German Navy the Times of London published The Old Ways, a poem by Hopwood and within this was a further poem, Our Fathers which was first written during the naval manoeuvres of 1913. Wyllie, we are told, was much taken with the verses and he arranged to illustrate them with the agreement of their author as a memorial of sorts to the dead (and perhaps as an apologia for the living) of the Battle of Jutland. The seaplane depicted appears to be a short type 184 used at Gallipoli where it became the first aircraft in the world to attack an enemy ship with an air-launched torpedo. The Battleship in the next image is of the King George V class and likely to be based on HMS Audacious, which Wylie had studied previously. The poem and illustrative etchings then go back in time to the navy of Elizabeth I's time. The sailing ships depicted are galleons of the type which chased the Spanish Armada out of the channel, a scene depicted at the bottom of the first print. The second framed picture depicts naval exercises and gunnery practice, with a galleon being scraped and caulked by hand on a secluded beach in the Spanish Main. It concludes with a scene of high-technology Super-Dreadnoughts of the Queen Elizabeth class - a naval nominative choice which perhaps inspires the scheme of the whole work of reflection.
    Dimensions: 42cm (16½") High, 55cm (21¾") Wide, 2.3cm (1") Deep
    Stock code: AD1512
    £725 the pair

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    £500 Stock code: P01275 D
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    Portraits Part I by Constantin Guys, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    18th Century French Engravings of Dogs

    Published for, Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière (1749–1804), which was the first modern attempt to systematically present all existing knowledge in the fields of natural history, geology, and anthropology.
    Dimensions: 36cm (14¼") High, 31cm (12¼") Wide, 13cm (5") Deep
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    Autumn by Abraham Rattner, Verve Vol. 1 / No. 3.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
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    £800 Stock code: P01275 C
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    Head of a Girl by George Rouault, Verve Vol 2 / No. 5-6.

    The Verve Review was a purposefully luxurious. It ran from 1937 to 1960, but with only 38 editions available, due to the high degree of design and editorial work dedicated to each issue. Each edition contained unique lithographic prints, commissioned by the editor, and each cover a double-page lithograph elaborated by one of the artists contained within. It was the brainchild of its editor Stratis Eleftheriades, a Greek National who moved to Paris in the early thirties to take part in the growing Modernist movement, writing under the name of Teriade.
    Dimensions: 51cm (20") High, 40cm (15¾") Wide, 2cm (0¾") Deep
    Stock code: P01275 C
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