Ben Nicholson cancelled proof etching printed in 1966 on cream wove paper. The sheet has the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. This proof has different inking to published etchings. Cancelled by hand in coloured crayon, possibly by the artist, Ben Nicholson. UNSIGNED. There is slight overall yellowing of the paper due to age, else very good
Plate size 32.4 cm x 27.0 cm
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 an artist’s material suppliers, began a partnership between them. Between the years 1965-68, Lafranca printed a series of etchings for Nicholson, all made in an edition size of 50 copies and many were published by Ganymed & Marlborough.
‘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)