Made in 1953, it was also titled ‘Battle’. The etching is signed and numbered ‘HC XVIII’ in pencil by the artist. This is the French annotation. H.C. stands for hors commerce, or “not to sell.” Similar to an artist’s proof, this proof was set aside from the editioned prints. H.C. status is not mentioned in Moorhead and Black-see below. It lovely rich impression and in good condition.
Plate size 300 x 201mm
Sheet size: Large margins
They state that there were 4 states to this etching. The soft ground etching was made on a copper plate with engraving and scorper, printed in colours. Some of the different states were printed on different papers. There were 10 artist proofs plus the edition of 220 copies which were printed by Hayter and Atelier 17 on Marais paper. Published by La Guilde Internationale de la Gravure, Geneva.