Prints and Drawings: Page Three

INTERESTING SET OF FOUR GEORGIAN HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVINGS WITH  FINE ORIGINAL WATERCOLOUR FINISH, c 1805. Published by William Fowler. These are very rare impressions, currently all framed and in stunning, fresh condition.  Further information about the history of these fine antique prints is included  below my selection of images and general details.

Window Design 1

“A Female figure adorn’d with the Wings of an Eagle,  in her right is a spear, in the left she holds a shield. Treading the red Dragon under her feet. Taken from the Ancient stain’d Glass in the North Window of Manton Church, Lincolnshire”.  


Window Design 2

“Two Angels Supporting the Cross / Taken from the Ancient Stain’d Glass in the upper part of the North Window in the Great Transept of Lincoln Cathedral”.


Window Design: 3

The first Angel pouring out his Vial upon the Earth. REV: 16th Verse 2d  / Drawn and Coloured from the Glass in the East Window of the Cathedral in York. / The whole Window contains 117 partitions each  2ft 10 in. Square (exclusive of the / Tracery in the upper part). & Is adorned with various descriptive Pieces from / Sacred and profane History - Painted / by John Thornton Anno 405// Published July 5th 1804 by W. Fowler, Winterton, Lincolnshire.


Window Design 4

JESSE the Father of DAVID King of Israel / From an original Design (executed in ancient stained glass) in the East Window of St Mary’s Shrewsbury. Published 8 Sept 1802 by W. Fowler, Winterton



Each engraving is printed on heavy wove paper, and as laid down onto heavy card as issued.

Each print is in good condition, commensurate with age.

All are currently framed in vintage frames

Lincolnshire born, William Fowler ( 1761-1832) was an architect, builder and engraver. He  is chiefly known for his antiquarian and architectural engravings, for which he received widespread patronage from scholars, gentry and royalty.

In 1796 Fowler made a series of drawings of Roman pavements discovered at Winterton. These were widely admired and Fowler subsequently decided to take his studies to London, so that they could be engraved by his brother-in-law, Mr Hill.  

In London, Fowler studied the process of copper-plate engraving, and in April 1799 brought out his own fine coloured engraving of a Roman pavement at Roxby. From that time to 30 Jan. 1829, the date of his last engraving, he published three volumes. These contained fine series of exceptional hand coloured engravings – including twenty-five studies of decorative  pavements, thirty-nine subjects from painted glass, five brasses and incised slabs, four fonts, and eight miscellaneous subjects.  He also executed at least twenty-nine engravings, mostly of objects of antiquity, which were never published.

Another set of four similar hand-coloured engravings (slightly less highly finished than my set) of stained glass and mosaic pavements by William Fowler were recently sold at Christies Interiors – Masters & Makers Sale, 19 June 2012 – at South Kensington – were they sold for £1,625 for the four.  These fine prints are very much items for the specialist collector, similar impressions are in the British Museum, and in the collection of the Victoria &  Albert Museum in London.

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PAT DOUTHWAITE (1934 - 2002)

Small Study: Woman Holding a  Blackbird

Black and purple chalk on paper

Signed with initials: P.D.

23 x 23 cm

Framed in simple light coloured oak frame


PAT DOUTHWAITE (1934 - 2002)

Small Study: Woman on Horseback

Black chalk on paper

Signed on the back and dated 1995

20 x 25 cm

Framed in simple light coloured oak frame


JOHN BYRNE (b. 1940)

RARE: Self-Portrait: “Cerise Head”


Original drypoint etching printed in red ink,

on paper

Signed and entitled in pencil, below.

From a small edition of only 18 impressions

 (this is No. 5)

Plate Size: 21.5 x 12.5 cm

Framed in simple light coloured oak frame:


JACK KNOX (b. 1936)

Large Still Life with Milk Jug, Coffee Pot & Croissants

Black chalk on paper (framed)

Signed, lower right


Jack Knox was born in Kirkintilloch in 1936. He studied Drawing and Painting at Glasgow School of Art. Knox began teaching  at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 1965 and was later appointed Head of Painting at Glasgow School of Art in 1981 until his retirement in 1992.

This fine black chalk study reveals the artist’s interest in traditional Dutch still life painting and arranged presentations of cafe foods. His atmospheric and highly stylised paintings and drawings always rely on Knox’s fine draughtsmanship skills, as well as his bold use of colour, light and shade.

ELYSE ASHE LORD (1900 - 1971)

Lady Playing Maracas; c. 1920s

Coloured Etching on Paper

Signed, lower right


Elsye Lord specialised in these delicate drypoint etchings of exotic Eastern figure subjects. They were drawn with a very fine and delicate line; the coloured with vivid colours. She exhibited from 1915 through to 1939 with the celebrated Lefevre Gallery in London, and had her work published under the auspices of the great London dealer, Alexander Reid.

This is a most attractive composition - showing a young girl playing the maracas. She is standing in an orchard and is shaking her maracas with so much vigour that some of the apples have fallen from the branches to her feet. The etching is in lovely condition, and printed on a fine paper much preferred by Lord. It is in excellent condition and all the colours are nice and fresh. It is number 19 out of an edition of only 70 prints.

PAT DOUTHWAITE (1934 - 2002)

Kabuki Apples, 1987

Hand-coloured lithograph on paper

Signed top right hand corner

76 x 56 cm

From an edition of only 20 impressions


JAMES MCBEY (1883 - 1959)

Enkhuisen, Holland, 1910

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in ink and with edition number below

13 x 17.5 cm

This is a rare early etching by the celebrated Scottish artist - James McBey - it is a lovely clean impression with no issues.

£750 (unframed, but with new museum quality mount)

JAMES MCBEY (1883 - 1959)

The Jewish Quarter, Tetuan 1912

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in ink and with edition number below

13 x 17.5 cm

This is a rare early etching made on a trip to Morocco by the celebrated Scottish artist - James McBey. The composition and subject shows the influence of Rembrandt on the artist’s work at this time. It comes from a small edition of only 50 impressions.

£325 (unframed)

William  Lionel Wyllie (1851 - 1931)

The Battle of Trafalgar; c 1900

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in pencil lower left

21 x 42 cm


WL Wyllie is celebrated for his depictions of maritime scenes. He was interested in naval history and was an ardent campaigner for the restoration of Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory. In 1930 he completed an astounding 42-foot panorama of the Battle of Trafalgar, which was unveiled by King George V. It currently hangs in the Royal Naval Museum within the Historic Dockyard at Portsmouth. Wyllie’s etchings of the Battle of Trafalgar are among his finest and most sought after. This is an exceptional print and shows the battle at its height - cannon’s fire and smoke rises into the air. Ships jostle for supremacy in the skirmish. It is in excellent condition and a very good impression with fine etched lines and nice sooty drypoint in the darker areas. A very fair price for this sought after etching by Wyllie.

William Lee Hankey  (1869 - 1962)

Woman Peeling Potatoes

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in pencil and with monogram blindstamp lower centre


William Lee Hankey was a British painter and book illustrator. He specialised in landscapes, character studies and portraits of pastoral life, particularly in studies of mothers with young children. Indeed,  he was considered one of the most gifted of the figurative printmakers working in drypoint during the first thirty years of the 20th century.  His fine etchings shows great technical virtuosity. In 1904,  Hankey spent long periods painting in France - having had a house built in Le Touquet and a studio in Etaples.  His work often features scenes of peasant life in Normandy and Brittany and shows the influence of Jules Bastien-Lepage on his art.

Iconic Design has two fine etchings on offer by Hankey;  both in excellent condition - one showing a woman peeling potatoes in a bowl placed on her knee, as her little child watches what she is doing. The style of this particular work is more reminiscent of the Swedish printmaker, Anders Zorn.  Our second etching shows a timeless image of a woman embracing her little child - it is rich in drypoint and full of charm.

William Lee Hankey  (1869 - 1962)

Woman and Child

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in pencil and with monogram blindstamp lower centre

22 x 17.5cm


Arthur Briscoe (1873 - 1943)

Flooded Decks 1931

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in pencil, lower right

20.8 x 38.4 cm

In pristine condition



JAMES MCBEY (1883 - 1959)

The Silk Dress 1919

 Drypoint on paper. Signed in ink, below

35 x 20 cm

This an unusual print by McBey, very much in the style of Whistler.

It is a portrait of Mrs William Murray who is shown wearing a long silk ball gown.  It comes from a small edition of only 56 impressions, many of which are now in international museum collections. The print is in excellent condition, of course full condition reports can by given on request.



Augustus John (1878 - 1961)

Lady in a Feathered Hat. The Artist’s Wife

Etching and drypoint on paper

Signed in pencil, lower right

In pristine condition, in new mount and oak frame

Image Size: 7.5 x 6.4 cm

The frame measures: 37 x 28 cm




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