William Francis Longstaff; London
'The Royal Exchange'
Pencil signed limited edition
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print number 52 from a small edition of only 100 impressions
William Francis Longstaff
Captain William Francis Longstaff; 1879-1953, Australian painter and war artist. Born in Ballarat, Victoria, he studied art privately before leaving to fight in the Boer War with the South African Light Horse Regiment. His cousin was the Australian portrait painter Sir John Longstaff. Upon returning to Australia he continued to paint and teach art. He enlisted with the Australian Imperial Force at the outbreak of the First World War and was injured in the Gallipoli campaign. He served in France and Egypt before being evacuated to England in 1917 where he trained in the art of camouflage. After the war William lived for a while in Sussex before settling in North London where he died in 1953. He worked in oils and watercolour and was also an accomplished etcher.
An original etching which has retained its colouring, bright and unfaded in black ink, with excellent line detail, textures and plate tone.
The image measures approximately 17 cms. x 17 cms, (7 x 7 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a medium wove paper sheet size 20 cms. x 22 cms, (8 x 8½ ins.) laid to a backing.
Signed in pencil by the artist with the edition 52/100 in the lower margin.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is good with handling marks condusive with age.