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Sleeping Woman etching by Derrick Greaves

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Derrick Greaves etching of a sleeping woman. The etching is not titled but is signed in the lower right margin and numbered 75 of 150 copies. The etching is printed in umber coloured ink on thick wove paper which has an embossed mark of a woman’s head. This would be the publisher’s chop mark/tag. Unfortunately I am unable to find out anything on this image. The etching was made the same year that Greaves had his show at the Fischer Fine Art, and two years after his marriage broke up. The etching and sheet are in good condition with a possibility that the sheet may have been trimmed for framing.

Plate size 370 x 500mm (14.75 x 19.75 inches)

Sheet size 480 x 580mm (19.25 x 22.75)

‘Derrick Greaves was an instant success. He was still a student when he had his first solo show at Helen Lessore’s famous Beaux Arts Gallery, London, in 1953. Then the leading gallery for young figurative painters, the Beaux Arts was responsible for seminal exhibitions of, among others, Craigie Aitchison, Michael Andrews, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, John Bratby, Jeffrey Camp, Edward Middleditch, Jack Smith, and Euan Uglow. Held at the same time as a selection of recent paintings by Francis Bacon (Greaves showed upstairs and Bacon downstairs), Greaves first exhibition gained enthusiastic coverage from the leading critics of the day including Stephen Bone in the Manchester Guardian, John Russell in the Sunday Times, Neville Wallis in the Observer and John Berger  in the New Statesman’ by James Hayman in ‘Derrick Greaves From Kitchen-Sink to Shangri-La’ , 2007.

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