'Hyde Park Corner
Artist pencil signed
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'Hyde Park Corner'
drawn and etched
Raymond Ray-Jones; 1886-1942, English painter and etcher. Educated at St Ann’s school in Ashton, Ray-Jones worked first at the National Gas & Oil Co. Ltd., and studied part-time at Ashton's Heginbottom School of Art where he gained a scholarship at the Royal College of Art where he studied under Professor Gerald Moira and Sir Frank Short RA, and attended the studio of Jean-Paul Laurens, known as Académie Julian, in Paris, and was awarded the Grand Prix and Medal for portrait painting.
Ray-Jones served during the First World War in the Royal Horse Artillery at Woolwich. Through Frank Short, his talent came to the notice of Edward Holroyd Pearce.
Ray-Jones was an etcher and a meticulous draughtsman. Buildings were his main subject, though he also did portraiture and worked in chalk, oil, and watercolour. The demand for etchings that had been good, began to collapse at about the time of his marriage. Ray-Jones had little sympathy with the work of modern artists such as Picasso. Ray-Jones was so concerned with detail and accuracy that his body of work was small.
After the birth of Alan in 1931, Ray-Jones and his wife moved to Carbis Bay outside St Ives in Cornwall, where they had two more children – Philip in 1933 and in 1941 Anthony (Tony Ray-Jones), who was later to become well known as a professional photographer. He was a member of the St Ives Society of Artists from 1935–1937, together with artists such as Stanley Spencer, Laura Knight and Frank Brangwyn.
The outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 cut him off from the two countries – France and Italy – that had been the main source of inspiration for his etchings and paintings. This enforced separation, combined with financial worries, led to depression, and he committed suicide at Carbis Bay in 1942.
So far as is known, no complete catalogue exists of his etchings, paintings, and drawings, but they come on to the market occasionally, and are highly sought.
This etching has retained its excellent colouring, bright and unfaded in black ink, with superb detail and plate tone, the image measures approximately 31 cms. x 25 cms. (12¼ x 10 ins.) within a fine sharp platemark and impression.
Printed on a laid paper sheet size 37 cms. x 31 cms. (14½ x 12¼ ins.) with makers watermark.
Signed in pencil below the image.
as held by the british museum;
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is excellent with a light toning to a previous mat window.