Frederick Charles Richards; 'Hampsted'
'The Little Shop under the Arches'
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'The Little Shop Under the Arches'
original drypoint etching
This is the rarer first impression etched in drypoint exhibited at the Royal Academy, before the etched second edition.
Frederick Charles Richards;1878-1932, The son of a butcher, Fred was born in Newport Monmouthshire and schooled at Newport School of Art then worked as a teacher at St.Ives and Bruges School of Art.
In 1909 he went to study at the Royal College of Art in London.
Richards travelled before and after the First World War, throughout Europe and Morocco and later to the near East including Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. His visits resulted in numerous pencil drawings, many of which were later used as the basis for his etchings which were published by the leading London art dealers Colnaghi and examples of his works are held in most of the leading public collections. Many of his etchings were, at the time of his death, at Colnaghi’s in London. His executors were fellow artists Martin Hardie and Norman Keene.
A fine drypoint etching which has retained its excellent colouring, bright and unfaded, in black ink with fine detail, plate tone and drypoint burr, the image size measuring approximately 22 cms. x 22 cms. (8½ x 8½ ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a wove paper sheet size of 25 cms. x 26 cms. (9¾ x 10½ ins.)
Signed and titled in pencil in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted the condition of the image and sheet is very good.
Cat Fine 3AA-2