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2 Catalogue Notes All prints using the intaglio processes of drypoint, etching, aquatint etc. are unique because of the inking and wiping of the individual copper plates prior to printing, thus there are variations in the impressions. The lithographic process offers a more consistent print with little or no variation. Nash made no prints before 1918 but his 1918 exhibition at the Leicester Galleries contained seven lithographs: six in editions of 25 and one an edition of 12. Nash recounts in his autobiography, Outline (p.217), that Nevinson helped him with lithography, quite evident in the first seven prints. Nash took up wood-engraving after the war and his engravings date from 1919, commissioned as illustrations for private press books. There are no known records of the edition sizes of many of Nevinson's prints. Unlike 'Making Aircraft', his contribution to the series 'The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals' of which there are 200 signed examples, Nevinson's first eleven drypoints of the war were printed in only very small unrecorded editions, with the exception of 'Returning to the Trenches' which was included in a special bound volume of Modern War Paintings by CRW Nevinson in an edition of 75. The catalogue raisonné CRW Nevinson – The Complete Prints by Jonathan Black records all the editions where known. However, our impression of 'Blackfriars' is from a signed and numbered edition of 60; the only other impression to have come up for sale was in 1989 and although signed, no edition was recorded in the catalogue at the time. This would perhaps confirm our suspicion from prior experience, that Nevinson would often state an edition size which was considerably in excess of the number actually printed. The edition sizes for the drypoints were probably no more than twenty. All the prints for sale are in good condition and we would be pleased to provide condition reports and additional photographs if required. All sizes shown are height before width and are of the image size in centimetres; the sizes in inches are to the nearest ¼. First published in 2020 by Osborne Samuel Ltd All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electrical, mechanical or otherwise, without first seeking the permission of the copyright owners and the publishers. All images in this catalogue are protected by copyright and should not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder. Details of the copyright holder to be obtained from Osborne Samuel. © 2020 Osborne Samuel Ltd Catalogue design and production: Footprint Innovations Ltd - printed in the UK

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