Drypoint etching of a ballet dancer.

[ca. 1940]. Image size 175 x 135 mm., sheet size 279 x 216 mm. Signed in the stone ("H. Rayner"); also signed in pencil below platemark at lower right. With "Ballet" and "copyright" in pencil to lower margin. Printed in olive green-toned ink on wove paper.

Very slightly worn; minor foxing to blank margins.

An Australian artist who studied and worked in Britain, Rayner was a student of Walter Sickert at the Royal Academy and a friend of Augustus John.

"Henry Rayner's single-minded devotion to the drypoint technique created what is almost certainly the largest body of drypoint work of any mid-20th century artist... Rayner typically took 15 or fewer impressions from each plate... It has taken nearly 70 years for Henry Rayner's drypoint work to begin attracting serious interest among collectors." Roger Stanton, hewitthenryrayner.co.uk. Item #29684

Price: $150.00  other currencies

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