The etching titled ‘The Valley No.1′ was etched in 1956.The French title being ‘La Vallee’. The print is numbered 36 of 50 copies and is signed, titled and numbered by the artist in pencil. There is some pink staining in the top margin which can be mounted out, else in very good condition.
Image/plate size 400 x 600mm
Reference: Herdman 5608 (Reynolds 181) Herdams Sates that there was an edition of 50 copies and five ‘Artists proof’. Gross apparently sold the plate to ‘St.George’s Gallery’ and the plate was ‘Cancelled’
Anthony Gross had a close affinity to France. In 1926 he settled in France, where he created a number of animated films between 1931 and 1939; in 1936 the first of many books illustrated by him was published, an edition of Jean Cocteau’s Les Enfants terribles. His oil paintings of this period are largely affectionate depictions of French and English life and leisure. Gross returned to England in 1939 and from 1941 to 1946 served as an Official War Artist. After World War II he divided his time between France and England.