Norman Wilkinson; The Golden Hind
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Artist pencil signed drypoint
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Norman Wilkinson; 1878-1971, British artist usually worked in oils, watercolors and drypoint. Wilkinson was born in Cambridge, England, schooled at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire and at St. Paul's Cathedral Choir School in London. His early artistic training was in Portsmouth and Cornwall, and at Southsea School of Art, where he was later a teacher as well. He also studied with seascape painter Louis Grier. He was primarily a marine painter, but he was also an illustrator, poster artist, and wartime camoufleur. Wilkinson invented 'Dazzle Painting' or Dazzle Camouflage to protect merchant shipping during World War 1.
A superbly atmospheric etching with fine detail work in black ink with plate tone and rich drypoint burr, bright and unfaded, the image measures approximately 30 cms. x 31 cms. (11½ x 12 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression, on a laid paper sheet size; 38 cms. x 43 cms. (15 x 17 ins.)
Signed in pencil by the artist below the image.
Unframed and unmounted, blank on the reverse, the condition of the image and the sheet is very good with a gentle toning to a prevoius mat window, a worm hole in the lower margin and handling marks condusive with age.