‘Goblet and A Line’ etching by Ben Nicholson



ABen Nicholson Cancelled Proof

cancelled proof etching by Ben Nicholson, printed in 1967,  on cream wove paper. The paper has the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. The print has been cancelled by hand in coloured crayon, possibly by the artist, Ben Nicholson. The edition number has also been erased with blue crayon.UNSIGNED. In excellent condition.

Image size 270 x 160mm
Sheet size 395 x 290mm


Item details

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.

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