Lot 109: Gray (Joseph, 1890-1962). Battle of Britain series, 1940, a set of 6 drypoint etchings on thick wove paper, each signed in pencil, largest plate size 180 x 260mm (7.1 x 10.25ins), smallest plate size 200 x 63mm (7.9 x 2.5ins), each with wide margins, the largest plate with some marginal creases (otherwise in very good condition) The Scottish etcher Joseph Gray was born in Durham, but moved to Dundee around 1912 to work for the Dundee Courier as an illustrator. He joined the Black Watch Regiment in 1914, and fought in the battles of Neuve Chapelle, Festubert and Loos. His drawings of the Western Front were published in The Graphic. After the war, he turned to etching, moving to London in 1931 in the wake of the Depression. In the later 1930s Gray independently undertook research into camouflage and air defence, and was subsequently recruited by the Royal Engineers as a camouflage officer. He was well-known to his colleagues for his night rambles through the London streets during the Blitz, where he witnessed scenes etched in the Battle of Britain series. The titles are: The First Blitz, The Burning of the City, The Bells of St. Clement's, Blitz, Dawn, Incendiary and Albemarle Street. (6)
Dominic Winter's The John Camfield Collectionof British Etchings 1850-1980& Other Properties Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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