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A Dawn, 1914

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • A Dawn, 1914
  • Description

    French soldiers marching through street. 1916 Drypoint

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1916
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 176 millimetres
    • Width: 146 millimetres (image)
    • Height: 202 millimetres
    • Width: 151 millimetres (plate-mark)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed in pencil
  • Curator's comments

    Text from Carey & Griffiths, 'Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960', BMP, 1990, cat.22:
    This must be one of Nevinson's first drypoints, and was shown as no. 33 in the September 1916 exhibition at the Leicester Galleries with the title '1914'. The painting on which it was based was in the same exhibition, as no. 46, with the title 'A dawn, 1914'. The 1916 exhibition contained no lithographs; these first appeared at the seventh exhibition of the Senefelder Club at the Leicester Galleries in January 1917, where they were stated to come from an edition of 25 and were priced at 2 1/2 guineas.
    In March 1918 Nevinson opened his second exhibition of war paintings at the Leicester Galleries. A few weeks before, a selection of fifteen - all painted between September and November 1917 - was reproduced in the series 'British Artists at the Front', no. 1, published by Country Life, London 1918, with an appreciative introduction by Campbell Dodgson. In his text Dodgson remarked:

    "I may add that it is his habit since 1916 to repeat some of his compositions in the form of drypoints, which should engage the serious attention of collectors, for he is the pioneer of a new movement in English graphic art. In lithography also, which he first attempted in 1912, he produced in December 1916 some remarkable prints, one of which, 'Dawn at Southwark', must rank among the best of recent lithographs. Some of these war pictures are to be repeated shortly, either on copper or on stone".

    Dodgson, who was Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, attended the farewell dinner, with Sickert in the chair, held in the Café Royal in 1919 before Nevinson's departure for New York. Before the war, Nevinson and Mark Gertler had studied together in the British Museum Print Room: "It is impossible to convey the pleasures and enthusiasms we took in the Print Room of the British Museum, in South Kensington, and in the National Gallery" ('Paint and Prejudice', p.3 7). It must have been as a result of these links that on 19 February 1918 Nevinson presented to the British Museum no less than twenty-five of his new prints on war subjects: thirteen drypoints, ten lithographs and two woodcuts.


  • Bibliography

    • Leicester Galleries 17 bibliographic details
    • Black 2014 4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British XXc Mounted Roy)

  • Exhibition history

    1990 Sep-Jan, BM, Avant-Garde British Printmaking 1914-1960, cat.22
    1991/2 Nov-Jan, Middlesborough AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    1992 Feb-April, Plymouth City Mus & AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    1992 May-June, Glasgow, Hunterian AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    1992 Oct-Dec, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Avant-Garde British Printmaking
    2017 10 Feb-19 May, San Diego, University of San Diego, British Modern from the British Museum: from the Great War to the Grosvenor school

  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: First World War
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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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French soldiers marching through street. 1916 Drypoint


French soldiers marching through street. 1916 Drypoint

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