• Old Master, Modern & Contempor auction at Christies

    Sale 7747

    Old Master, Modern & Contemporary Prints

    17 September 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 83

    William Nicholson (1872-1949)

    Gustave David (Campbell 187)

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    William Nicholson (1872-1949)
    Gustave David (Campbell 187)
    lithograph in blue and black, an early working proof of this very rare print, reworked in places in blue crayon by the artist, 1926, on smooth wove paper, signed and titled 'Mr. David' in ink (faded), numbered 'No. 24' (from the edition of unknown size), with margins, laid to the backing, with associated toning to the sheet, pale moisture staining, surface dirt in the margins; with David of Cambridge, Some Appreciations, Cambridge University Press, 1937, book
    L. 320 x 465 mm., S. 380 x 520 mm.


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    Gustave David, fondly known as David of Cambridge, was the owner of a famous bookstall in the Market Place, near Great St. Mary's Church, Cambridge. His stall was a literary treasure trove and many of the books were purchased by the University Library, leading to the bookseller being honoured in 1925 with a gala luncheon in the hall of Trinity College, in recognition of the 'conspicuous services he has rendered the cause of Humane Letters'. This lithograph was probably commissioned at this time and is extremely rare.

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