Three Living Lions.G.B. Shaw G.K. Chesterton H.G. Wells.
Rider 36 St. Martins Court W.C. [n.d., c.1935.]
Two woodcuts and one facsimile print of a coloured pencil and watercolour sketch (Chesterton), limited editions signed by the artist, in original publisher's wrapper. Sheets c. 365 x 275mm. Paper age toned.
Caricatures of three literary giants of the age, George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950), Gilbert Keith ('G.K.') Chesterton (1874 - 1936), and Herbert George Wells (1866 - 1946). All signed in pencil by Joseph Simpson (1879 - 1939), painter and etcher of portraits and sporting subjects. Annotated and initialled by the publisher on wrapper No. '71' of an edition limited to 175 copies. The collection presented in rough boards with the publisher's original advertisement attached. Simpson was born in Carlisle and studied art at Glasgow School of Art. He became a close friend of D.Y. Cameron and was elected RBA in 1909. Simpson designed covers for Edinburgh publishers and was a prolific designer of bookplates. In 1918 he became an official war artist for the RAF and was stationed in France. Simpson was already forty-five when he took up etching in 1925, at the height of the boom period for the medium. His first twenty or so plates were etched with a gramophone needle and printed by the artist himself on the small press lent to him by a local Carlisle printing firm. His first exhibition of etchings took place in Glasgow at Wishart Brown in March 1926. His friend Frank Brangwyn wrote the catalogue introduction. A second highly successful show was staged in November 1926 by Alex, Reid and Lefevre in London. Simpson exhibited in Munich, Venice, Florence & Stockholm.
Ex: Collection of Alec Clunes.
[Ref: 7820] £280.00