Eugene Tily and Edward King
'Victoria memorial statue, London'
Double pencil signed proof etching
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Eugene James Tily
Eugene James Tily; 1879-1937, A listed late nineteenth and early twentieth century etcher and watercolor painter, trained at the Bedford Park School of Art and at St. John's College, Richmond, pupil of Arthur Stock and Walter Williams. Tily began exhibiting his art around 1895 and was equally well received for his mezzotints, stipples and aquatints. Many of these works were based upon the designs of great English 18th century masters.
Edward R. King, 1862-1951, London born, died in Portsmouth, and is connected to Portsmouth through his time as a patient at St James Hospital in Milton and is notable for painting scenes of the blitzed city. Portrait, figure and landscape painter, the son of William Bignell King and Agnes Jane King, née Maybury. He was the brother of the painter, etcher and illustrator William Gunning King and they shared an address at South Harting, near Petersfield, Hampshire. King studied art and the violin in Leipzig and on his return to England, he focused on painting, particularly watercolour. Edward King is among the most important British painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was known and respected by James Whistler and Vincent Van Gogh was known to have bought a copy of the Illustrated London News because one of King’s pictures appeared in it, this picture, of workmen on a train, provided Van Gogh with the basic composition of his celebrated painting 'The Potato Eaters.'
A fine etching which has retained its superb colours, bright and unfaded in coloured inks, with excellent tonal values and textures, the image measures approximately 37 cms. x 28 cms. (14½ x 11 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression.
Printed on a wove paper sheet size 44 cm. x 31 cms (17¼ x 12¼ ins.)
Pencil signed by both artists in the lower image.
The sheet carries an Artists Proof embossed blindstamp to the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.