Ten 1940s lithographs from the Lyons Lithographs first series, and work by friends of Barnett Freedman
Barnett Freedman was asked by Felix Salmon, director of J. Lyons & Co, to supervise the production of a series of pictures which would adorn the newly refurbished Corner Houses, the cafes for which the company was well known. Barnett was acceptable to the printing staff at Chromoworks (who called him 'Captain') because of his appreciation of their skills. Ian Rogerson wrote that 'he spoke the language of the shop floor'.
These first series Lyons Lithographs are very uncommon, and one below may be all but unique. The print runs were of 1500 copies, of which 1000 were for sale at two shillings and sixpence (12.5p). Two further series were commissioned in 1951 and 1955.
The condition of these ten prints is excellent, with individual details noted for each one. Please do excuse my photography - these are large prints and awkward to copy. I cannot offer a trade discount.
1. Edwin La Dell, Hastings, mint, £525 - sold
2. Mary Kessell, The Flight into Egypt; a 1cm tear in the bottom margin not affecting image, and one old crease across the upper left corner, otherwise very fine, £425.
This image is somewhat darker than the image above suggests, and is undoubtedly the rarest of all the first series of lithographs issued by Lyons.
3. George Hooper, Hotel Entrance, smallest edge crumples but otherwise mint, £480. Sold
4. Duncan Grant, Still Life, mint condition apart from a two-inch edge crumple which is very minor, £330 - sold
5. Ruskin Spear, Billiard Saloon, which has a) a short tear along the top left corner parallel with the image but not extending into it, and b) fritting of the top edge at the right side for about 6 inches, not affecting the image, £210 - sold
6. Edward Ardizzone, The Railway Station, old vague crease at the lower left corner not showing on the front, £795.
7. Clifford Frith, Funfair, mint, £140. Sold
8. Anthony Gross, Herne Bay Pier, mint condition, described in 1955 as 'the best seller', and a fabulous print, £1150 - sold
9. Edward Bawden, The Dolls at Home, a memory of a doll's house in Bawden's home before the war, mint except for handling marks at the
right end side, £1100 - sold
10. John Nash, Landscape with Bathers, mint. The two women are believed to be Bernard Meninsky's wife Nora, and Christine Nash, while the fisherman, of course, is John Nash himself; £925 - sold
11. Beatrice Darbyshire (1901-88), an Australian who studied at the Royal College of Art from 1924, as a contemporary of Freedman; this print (unsigned) is In the Blackwood Country and was chosen for the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley in 1925. Darbyshire was considered the finest etcher in Western Australia during the 1920s and 1930s. This has a tiny puncture mark in the sky area but is not noticeable unless you search for it from behind. Print a little grubby, Now sold to a loving home.
12. Portrait by Geoffrey Rhoades of Claudia Freedman, 1930s, (sorry, I have cropped signature), ink and watercolour, unfinished, £65 - sold
Simon Lawrence, The Fleece Press, 95 Denby Lane, Upper Denby, Huddersfield HD8 8TZ
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