Wilfred Fairclough; 1934
Artist pencil signed
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Product Code: 140125-2
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Wilfred Fairclough; 1907-1996, English artist, engraver and printmaker born in Blackburn and educated at All Saints, studied at the Royal College of Art under Malcolm Osborne and Robert Austin.
Fairclough started work at Kingston College of Art in 1938 and was called up for war service, joining the RAF. Fairclough was one of the ninety-seven artists that contributed to the Pilgrim Trust funded Recording Britain initiative. In 1942 at RAF Medmenham he worked on models used for the Dambusters' raid on the Möhne Dam. After the war he returned to work at Kingston and became Principal of the College of Art, progressing to Assistant Director of the Kingston Polytechnic and was Head of the Division of Design. He produced 140 plates in his lifetime, best known for his Venice scenes.
An rare early etching which is bright and unfaded, in black ink, with superb raised intaglio ink lines, detail and very fine plate tone. The image size measuring approximately 13 cms. x 13 cms. (5 x 5 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a wove paper sheet 29 cms. x 22 cms. (11½ x 8½ ins.)
Signed and dated in pencil below the image.
Unmounted and unframed, the condition of the image is excellent and the sheet is good with handling marks, toning and soft foxing to the margins condusive with age.