Graham Sutherland etching ‘Clegyr-Boia’ (Landscape in Wales)



Graham Sutherland etching ‘Clegyr-Boia’ (Landscape in Wales).  Bound as the frontis in plain paper wrappers with text printed in orange. 54 pages.  Vol 9. July 1938, from the Original Series of Signature, a thrice yearly journal devoted to typography and graphic arts. Limited to 750 copies. Printed at The Curwen Press. Illustrated throughout to include illustrations of book bindings and  two collotypes illustrating Paul Nash’s work.Other articles include ‘Mr.Whatman, Papermaker’  by James Wardrop; ‘A Survey of Modern binding’ by Desmond Flower; ‘Openings’ by Paul Nash; ‘Swelled Rules and Typographic Flourishes’ by P.H.Lang.  The Graham Sutherland etching is unsigned, as issued. Still, now rarely,  in its original published state. The paper wrappers are slightly dusty with light brown marks along the lower and upper margins of the front cover.and some very light foxing on some of the sheets and fore-edges, however the etching is in excellent clean condition with just a couple of white specks due to its printing, otherwise very fine impression from the plate.

Image size 19.8 x 15 cm (7.8 x 5.8 inches)
Sheet size 24.5 x 18 cm (9.5 x 7 inches)

Book size 24.8 x 18.8 cm  (9.75 x 7.25 inches)

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Reference:  Tassi 33,Man 37.

This extraordinary, brooding etching of a Welsh landscape was created in 1936 and published in Signature 9 in July 1938. It was this work, with its obvious debt to Samuel Palmer and Edward Calvert, and its anxious overtones of threat and destruction, that set the template for the entire Neo-Romantic movement. This is one of Sutherland’s rarest and most important prints, in lovely condition. There is a copy in the Tate Gallery. According to Carey & Griffiths, Avant-Garde British Printmaking, the obliterated word on the plate is “herons”, the title having been originally intended to be Herons Ghyll.


Oliver Simon records that 1000 copies of each of the first six numbers of Signature were printed, which was reduced to 750 for the next eight issues, and finally just 550 copies for the last volume.

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