John Banting (1902-1972)
John Banting (1902-1972)
John Banting (1902-1972)
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John Banting (1902-1972)

For Social Service

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John Banting (1902-1972)
For Social Service
the set of 26 blueprints, circa 1933, each blueprint stuck down along top and lower edges onto buff album paper, some plates accompanied by type-writer text, the full sheets, in good overall condition
I. 203 x 128 mm. (each), S. 460 x 310 mm. (album) (26)
Literature
Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960, British Museum Publications, London, 1990.
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Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
Post lot text
John Banting was a London born artist who started his career as a designer of book covers and stage settings. He was initially connected to the Bloomsbury circle but in 1930 he went to Paris where he came in contact with Andr Breton and the Surrealist movement.

Upon his return to London, he started experimenting with a new printing method called the cyanotype process. This process, commonly used in architecture and engineering, depends on photo-sensitivity of iron salts which, after exposure to the light and washing, leave a Prussian blue deposit. The artist simply draws on transparent paper, and the design is then printed down onto prepared paper by exposure to light and the image is then fixed by running water over it.
Banting most likely got the idea for this method of printing from Max Ernst's, who around 1918 invented his photogram technique and later used in the nineteen small prints he made in collaboration with Man Ray to illustrate the English translation of Kay Boyle of 'Mr Knife and Mr Fork', published in Paris in 1931.

From 1931 until the 1950s Banting produced a large number of blueprints from which two main groups can be distinguished: an album of twelve blueprints made in 1931 and a manuscript album entitled For Social Service which included twenty-three blueprints and of which only ten copies were apparently produced in 1933. In 1946, this album was published in facsimile under the title A Blue Book of Coversation.

The present set of twenty-six blueprints with type-writer text is likely to be the maquette that Banting made for this album.

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