Oct 26, 2011 - Sale 2258

Sale 2258 - Lot 415

Price Realized: $ 1,020
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Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Nymphe Surprise I.

Engraving, 1935. 155x115 mm; 6 1/8x4 5/8 inches, full margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 8/30 in pencil, lower margin. A very good impression.

A New Zealand native, John Buckland-Wright (1897-1954) read history at Oxford and studied architecture at London University, where he graduated in 1920. He traveled throughout Europe following his studies in design, teaching himself engraving and producing engraved illustrations for private presses in Holland. He eventually met Hayter and became a trusted assistant at Atelier 17 by the mid-1930s, even running the workshop while Hayter was away.

The nude came to dominate John Buckland-Wright's work, undergoing many variations throughout his career, including this figure that owes much to the continuous linear quality of Hayter's prints.