Ben Nicholson cancelled proof etching printed in 1967 on cream wove paper. The sheet has the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. Cancelled by hand in coloured crayon and the edition number erased with blue crayon,possibly by the artist. UNSIGNED.In excellent condition.
Image size 270 x 160mm (10.5 x 6 inches)
Sheet size 395 x 290mm (15.5 x 11 inches)
Reference: Lafranca 93.
In 1958, after marrying Swiss photographer Felicitas Vogler, Ben Nicholson moved to Ticino, Switzerland. A chance meeting with François Lafranca, an artist in his own right, at the artist’s material suppliers, began a partnership. Between the years 1965-68, Lafranca printed a series of etchings. They were made in an edition size of 50 copies. ‘The trial proofs which Lafranca pulled usually showed four or five different paper-dampenings and inkings, from which the artist would choose two or more variants for printing up within a single edition’ (exert from ‘Etchings from the Estate of Ben Nicholson’ published by Waddington Graphics)
The details in ‘ Ben Nicholson. The Francois Lafranca Collection 1998’ state that there are rare proofs with no recorded editions of these subjects.