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Spring Online Edition, May 14 - 28, 2021

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Osborne Samuel Gallery

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Osborne Samuel Gallery was formed in 2004 after the merger of Peter Osborne’s company Berkeley Square Gallery and the adjacent gallery, Samuel & Co. directed by Gordon Samuel. The partnership continues the specialities of both businesses, the partners having collaborated on a number of important exhibitions for many years before the merger. Peter Osborne and Gordon Samuel have been in the art business for more than 40 years. Peter was Director of the Harlech Fine Art Group and founded Berkeley Square Gallery in 1988, which he acquired in 1994. Gordon was Director at Redfern Gallery and Mercury Gallery before forming Samuel & Co. Tania Sutton became a Director of Osborne Samuel in 2012.  In 2017 the gallery moved from Bruton Street to Dering Street at the top of Bond Street in London’s Mayfair district.

 

We specialise in rare British 20th century prints and are the main dealers worldwide in the linocuts of the Grosvenor School. Recent pioneering print exhibitions have included the complete prints of CRW Nevinson,  Cyril Power and Sybil Andrews and in 2019 Gordon Samuel curated the biggest ever museum exhibition of British Modernist prints at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London.

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Panama Hat, David Hockney

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Prints have always been an integral part of our activities at Osborne Samuel gallery. Most of us at the gallery began our careers in the world of original prints and thus there has always been a passion for them at the gallery.

We deal in original prints, predominantly British, and each work in this exhibition is an original work of art, whether it was intended as an illustration for a book or to be framed for the wall or as part of a portfolio. Each is conceived in the medium in which it is printed, manually by the artist or by a master printer and collaborator – these are not machine reproductions of unique paintings or drawings. Nearly all are impressions from limited editions, in most cases numbered and signed by the artists or are rare impressions where only a few proofs were made and there is no edition.
This exhibition has been curated quite specifically to show the diversity, originality and technical expertise evident in so much of 20th century British printmaking. These prints are radically different to their late 19th century and early 20th century predecessors. We do not attempt a survey of avant-garde printmaking, but we hope to convey the modernist thread that flows through British printmaking from the revolutionary Vorticist prints of the early 1900s, through the two wars, the inter-war period and to the beginning of the print boom of the early 1960s through to contemporary making today.
As always condition reports are available on request, and in many cases we have other prints by the artists included in the exhibition. Our website, www.osbornesamuel.com is always a good place to look.

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Osborne Samuel

David Hockney

Panama Hat

1972

42 x 34 cm

Etching and Drypoint

Private Collection, USA

Edition of 125, Signed and numbered in pencil

Edward Wadsworth

Harbour of Flushing

1914

26 x 21.6 cm

Woodcut

Private Collection, UK

Colnaghi & Greenwood do not record any signed impressions of this rare woodcut. Edward Wadsworth and his wife visited several ports in the Netherlands in the summer of 1914. This scene would have been inspired by Vlissingen's port on the Dutch bank at Westerschelde, the channel that connects Antwerp to the North Sea.

CRW Nevinson

Returning to the Trenches

1916

15.1 x 20.2 cm

Drypoint

Private Collection, UK

Signed & dated in pencil in the lower right margin, 'CRW Nevinson 1916' on off-white laid paper from the edition of 75 published in 'Modern War Paintings' by CRW Nevinson with an accompanying essay by PG Konody, published by Grant Richards, 1917

Cyril Power

The Merry Go Round

1930

30.5 x 30.4 cm

Linocut

Private Collection, UK

Printed from 2 blocks in Chinese blue & a mixture of Chinese orange & chrome orange Signed, titled & numbered from the edition of 50 lower left within the image

Courtesy of Osborne Samuel

Grayson Perry

Map of Nowhere

2008

153 x 113 cm

Etching

Private Collection, UK

Signed and numbered from the edition of 68 verso

David Hockney

Panama Hat

42 x 34 cm

Etching and Drypoint

Edition of 125, Signed and numbered in pencil

Edward Wadsworth

Harbour of Flushing

26 x 21.6 cm

Woodcut

Colnaghi & Greenwood do not record any signed impressions of this rare woodcut. Edward Wadsworth and his wife visited several ports in the Netherlands in the summer of 1914. This scene would have been inspired by Vlissingen's port on the Dutch bank at Westerschelde, the channel that connects Antwerp to the North Sea.

CRW Nevinson

Returning to the Trenches

15.1 x 20.2 cm

Drypoint

Signed & dated in pencil in the lower right margin, 'CRW Nevinson 1916' on off-white laid paper from the edition of 75 published in 'Modern War Paintings' by CRW Nevinson with an accompanying essay by PG Konody, published by Grant Richards, 1917

Cyril Power

The Merry Go Round

30.5 x 30.4 cm

Linocut

Printed from 2 blocks in Chinese blue & a mixture of Chinese orange & chrome orange Signed, titled & numbered from the edition of 50 lower left within the image

Grayson Perry

Map of Nowhere

153 x 113 cm

Etching

Signed and numbered from the edition of 68 verso