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This is a richly inked impression with wonderful contrast executed in the unfashionable and labour intensive medium of mezzotint. The process demonstrates the power of this medium to create soft tones to evoke the smog of a modern city. This is one of three mezzotints of London each derived from a painting of the same subject, which has a very hazy blue palet
As yet there is no catalolgue rasionee for Nevinson's printed works, so very little information on artist's proofs, edition sizes, dates and publication details are available. What is known is that there is only a small group of works done after the Great War of which this image is one. David Strang editioned most of the intaglio prints in small runs of between 40-75 impressions. Nevinson signed works as required rather than all at once, hence there are a significant number of works that remain unsigned
The son of a war correspondence and suffrage campaigner, Nevinson was educated at St John's Wood School of Art and The Slade School of Art. After being invalided out of the First War he served as an officil war artist producing stark pictures of trench warfare.
Like many of his disillusioned contemporaries, he viewed with suspicion the emergence of the expanding modern city. This haunting view captures his mood through this delicate mezzotint process.