Lot 112: Griggs (Frederick Landseer, 1876-1938). Owlpen Manor, 1930, etching on thick laid paper, one of 45 impressions of the 3rd state, signed in pencil, with additional presentation inscription to lower left in pencil 'To Margaret from F.', with Dovers House Press inkstamp monogram to lower margin verso, and numbered in ink xliii, some light toning and mount stain, plate size 190 x 240mm (7.5 x 9.5ins), sheet size 270 x 350mm (10.6 x 13.75ins), framed and glazed. Comstock 46 iii/iii. One of Griggs's most powerful images, Owlpen Manor in Gloucestershire was purchased in 1925 by the architect and friend of the artist, Norman Jewson, who sensitively restored it. The house was built in 1515, and provided shelter to Queen Margaret, fleeing from the Battle of Tewkesbury. Griggs quoted Tennyson in describing the house as a 'haunt of ancient peace', adding in a letter of November 1924: 'I've dreamt of it, & of a rendering that might capture some of that wonderful wistfulness & beauty.' (1)
Dominic Winter's The John Camfield Collectionof British Etchings 1850-1980& Other Properties Auction October 2015
Wednesday, 16th September 2015
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