Ben Nicholson unsigned proof etching printed on cream wove in 1967. The sheet has the blind stamp of Lafranca Locarno in the lower left corner. The etching has been cancelled by hand in crayon possibly by the artist. The sheet has slight overall yellowing of the paper and three light brown marks in the lower margin, else in good condition.
Image size 268 x 146mm (largest measurements) (10.25 x .75 inches)
Sheet size 375 x 253mm (15 x 10 inches)
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. ‘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 etching was originally printed for the suite ‘Greek and Turkish Forms’ published by Ganymed Original Editions and Marlborough Fine Arts, London 1966. There were eleven prints in the set, with an edition of 50 copies.