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- Object: From an Office Window
View over rooftops, window frame in foreground. 1918
Mezzotint on cream paper
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Height: 254 millimetres (plate)
Height: 404 millimetres (sheet)
Width: 175 millimetres
Width: 257 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- An impression of this print was first exhibited at the Frederick J. Keppel Galleries, 4 East 39th Street, New York in May 1919 (no. 39). It was priced at £3 3s when it was exhibited at Manchester City Art Gallery in July 1920 (no. 64). The image is related to a pastel on paper made by Nevinson in 1916 that was exhibited with the London Group, London in November 1916 (no. 60) (offered for sale by the Daniel Katz Gallery at Frieze Masters, London in 2021, previously owned by Professor G.P. Wells F.R.S.) and a painting in oil on canvas made in 1917 that was first exhibited at the Friday Club, London in April 1917 (now in a private collection).
Lent by Alexander Walker to the Imperial War Museum's "CRW Nevinson: The Twentieth Century", 28 October 1999 - 30 January 2000 as catalogue no. 67.
Text from 'Living with art: The Alexander Walker collection' (British Museum Press, 2020):
This is one of three mezzotints that Nevinson made in 1918. The technique, which was little used at the time, requires an artist to work from dark to light, creating an image by burnishing a roughened plate. Here, the slight haziness that this produces helps to evoke the smoke and smog above London’s rooftops. The composition is based on an oil painting that Nevinson exhibited at the Friday Club, London in April 1917, which was purchased by the poet Osbert Sitwell (1892–1969) (Jonathan Black, 'C. R. W. Nevinson: The Complete Prints', Farnham: Lund Humphries, 2014, p. 42; Ingleby, Richard, ed., 'C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century', London: Merrell Holberton in association with the Imperial War Museum, 1999, 66).
This print was the second of the 1918 mezzotints that Walker purchased. He completed the trio with his acquisition of 'Southwark' (cat. 7; 2004,0602.122) in 1996. Between October 1999 and January 2000 he lent all three prints to the exhibition 'C.R.W. Nevinson: The Twentieth Century' at the Imperial War Museum, London.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1999-2000 Oct-Jan, Imperial War Museum, CRW Nevinson: The Twentieth Century, cat no. 67
2004-2005 June-Jan, BM, Matisse to Freud: The Alexander Walker Bequest
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Purchased by Alexander Walker on 30/9/95 from Gordon Cooke for £6,750.
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