Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Some Pen and Ink Originals...


Found these original pen and ink sketches in a bookshop the other day. Really charmed by their skill, subject matter and size (only about 3.5 inches at longest sides). They were all mounted in one frame and, of course, the hope is that with such an assured hand, lurking behind the mount perhaps is an recognizable monogram, perhaps a known figure among the neo-romantics of the mid-twentieth century... or maybe at least a book illustrator... No such luck. They are out of there frame now and are completely silent about who drew them. Nonetheless I still think they are really well drawn and certainly by someone both skilled and aware of contemporary art in their time.





7 comments:

Patrick Murtha said...

I agree about the quality of the sketches. The style is strikingly reminiscent of the great Canadian graphic novelist Seth (It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken). Check out these images:

http://www.hoodedutilitarian.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/memory.jpg

eArnie Painter said...

I love these!

Self-effacing ghost said...

Lovely pieces of work. And, incidentally, Happy New Year to you both, and thanks again for all you do on this blog.

Jim said...

Definitely something Piper-ish about them. They look like scenes of Rhodes?

Anonymous said...

They look a great deal like sketches by Osbert Lancaster, see pp. 57 and 92 in James Knox, ed. "Cartoons & Coronets: The Genius of Osbert Lancaster," (London: Frances Lincoln, 2008).

Callum said...

Thank you all for joining in the fun, I should say for completeness that via email another correspondent has suggested John Craxton. Of course, we will never actually know the truth of it and they could be by John Smith off on his holidays without a box brownie camera! But it is fun to consider the posibilities. CJ

Goodartguide said...

Glorious sketches. Such a shame that the artist remains a mystery.

 
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