Eric Gill copper etching titled ‘Venus’ Printed in 1924, it is on hand made mulberry paper, signed and numbered 24 of an edition of 25. Framed. Not examined out of frame but appears to be in good clean condition and not laid down.
Size 4.25 x 2.75 inches (110 x 70mm)
Frame size 36 x 30cm (14.5 x 12 inches)
Provenance: Felix Dennis (1949-2014) Collection
Felix Dennis was an English publisher, poet, spoken-word performer and philanthropist. His company, Dennis Publishing, pioneered computer and hobbyist magazine publishing in the United Kingdom. One of the three editors of ‘Oz’ Magazine.
Reference: Physick 290. Rare, Physick does not mention First state, only Second State. (Although I do have the rare first state available for purchase on the web site) .Physick mentions two proofs; 19A and 19B, both printed in the same year, 1924 and the same size 5.5 x 1.75 inches) . 19A was printed in an edition of 16 copies ; 19B printed in an edition of 25 signed copies and it was this block which was subsequently used for illustration to face page 4 of ‘Clothing without Cloth’ by the artist, number 75 of the publications of the Golden Cockrell Press, 1931; as plate 2 of Engravings 1928-1933 by the artist, published by Faber and Faber, 1934.
I also have the rare first state of this where Gill has only engraved the outline of Venus.
I am happy to take the print out of the frame for a condition report if requested.