May 16, 2019 - Sale 2509

Sale 2509 - Lot 263

Unsold
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
BEN NICHOLSON
Untitled (Tenement).

Drypoint, 1957. 430x505 mm; 17x20 inches (sheet), full margins. Signed, dated and numbered 35/50 in pencil, lower right. Printed by Anderson-Lamb, Brooklyn. Published by the Morris Gallery, New York. From 21 Etchings and Poems. A superb impression of this extremely scarce, early etching.

Nicholson (1894-1982) was upset with the orientation of his drypoint, situated over a poe
m by Herbert Read (1893-1968) in the 21 Etchings and Poems portfolio (see lots 9 and 10) and commented harshly on it in a letter, now in the British Museum, to Morris Weisenthal, director of the Morris Gallery: "I had of course no objection to the drypoint being printed above the poem but object (as strongly as possible) to my work being placed on its side. Even packing cases travelling on the Continent have a goblet used as an indication of the right way up of the package. . ."...