Frank Nankivell Rare Original Pencil Signed Aquatint Etching Debussy Four White Horses in Nature 1936 Cream Mat, Unframed


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Title: Debussy (Also known as Debussy No. 1, the Wild)
Artist: Frank Nankivell - (1869-1959) - Australian artist
Technique: Original Aquatint Etching
Signature: Signed and titled in pencil by the artist.
Date Published: 1936
Edition: Limited Edition
Dimensions: Sheet size - 8-1/8 x 12-7/8 inches, Image size - 5 x 7 inches.
Condition: Excellent Condition without any flaws. Without age toning, foxing, or tears.
References: This work is in the Library of Congress, but not shown on their website.
Printing: A strong impression expertly printed by the artist in black ink on cream laid paper.
Presentation: Placed in a cream collector's mat. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.
Description: This unique image of horses frolicking in a natural setting has a magical quality like you might find in a work by Arthur B. Davies. Nankivell printed some of Davies' aquatints so he would have been familiar with this style.

Elisabeth Luther Cary mentioned this print in her article Reflections on Modern Prints that appeared in the Parnassus journal in 1936. She called it "one of the gladdest of aquatints." She was likely referring to its light, playful quality. Debussy was exhibited at the Brooklyn Society of Etchers annual exhibition in 1940.

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Frank Nankivell, a cartoonist, painter and etcher, was born in Victoria, Australia. He worked in Japan as an illustrator and lithograph printer for an English language newspaper before settling in San Francisco where he published a fortnightly magazine, Chic . After working for the San Francisco Call , Examiner and Chronicle, Nankivell moved to New York in 1896 and made a name for himself as a staff artist on Puck. Later he turned to painting and also became a successful printmaker and printer.

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