A 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. UNSIGNED. There is slight overall yellowing of the paper due to age, else very good.
Plate size 16 cm x 23.0 cm
Reference: Lafranca, 63
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)