The Sphinx (from the Monuments Series)

Ivor Abrahams RA (1935-2015)

Large screenprint with varnishing and embossing from the Monuments Series where the sculpture is partly embossed onto the print, and varnished giving a lift to the focal point of the composition.

Signed in pencil and titled 78.  Denoted p/p for printers proof.  Advanced Graphics blindstamp.

The image is inspired by an ornament at Chiswick House, London, while the title relates to Edgar Allan Poe’s story of the same name.

Monuments was a suite of three screenprints on wove paper, printed by Chris Betambeau at Advanced Graphics and published by Bernard Jacobson Ltd in an edition of 100.  They can be found in the print collection of the Tate. This suite represented a turning point in Abrahams’ career, moving away from his garden themes back towards figurative work.  Sombre in mood and tone, the prints reflected a difficult period in his life where he was challenged by critics and collectors for moving away from the garden imagery for which he was well known.

Measurements: 64 x 46 cm image size, sheet size 102 x 69 cm

Condition: Very good condition, slight time toning to margins towards edges of paper, occasional light marks to margins, minor. Unframed..

This work has now been sold