Self Portrait with Hat

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Augustus Edwin John (1878-1961), Self Portrait with Hat, etching, 1919, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: Dodgson 137, from the edition of 50, second state (of 2). In excellent condition, printed in black on a laid paper, with a partial Strasbourg Lily watermark, also watermarked Hand Made, 6 x 4, the sheet 10 3/4 x 8 inches.

Provenance: Charles Jacob Rosenbloom (1889-1956), with his stamp verso (Lugt 633b).

A fine impression, with selective plate tone.

Augustus John was one of the most highly regarded British artists at the dawn of the 20th Century. In fact the British section of the famed Armory Show of 1913 was largely composed of works by John, the first British artist to be referred to as a post-Impressionist when his work was shown concurrently with the First Post-Impressionist Exhibition in London. His work at the Show was primarily oils from this 1910 exhibition at the Chenil Gallery and reflected a trip John had made to Provence in early 1910, and his studies of olive groves in the south of France. In all he exhibited 27 oils, drawings, and watercolors, a huge number of submissions reflecting his eminence in the art world at the time. Robin Garton wrote of John, in his volume British Printmakers, “Where a single subject was before him, John was able to concentrate his powers of observation and his intuitive knowledge of the sitter into a most effective and striking image, and the few of his etchings that hold their own in the best company are in the field of self-portraiture and portraiture….”