Alexander Brantingham Simpson Dry Point Drawing of a Putti Writing Many Happy Returns 1924


British artist Alexander Brantingham Simpson (1904-1931) dry point on cream woven paper of a putti writing 'Many Happy Returns', signed in pencil with his full name in the plate, and dated 4th April 1924.

Brantingham Simpson's artworks illustrate the fascination with romanticism and symbolism that defined this period of British art. He produced the illustrations for 'The Tales of Hoffman' in 1913 and regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy betwen 1904-1920. He was elected to the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and retired in 1932. Most if not all of his works were exhibited at The Greatorex Galleries in the 1920s.

Drypoint is a printmaking technique of the intaglio family, in which an image is incised into a plate (or "matrix") with a hard-pointed "needle" of sharp metal or diamond point. Like etching, drypoint is easier for an artist trained in drawing to master than engraving, as the technique of using the needle is closer to using a pencil than the engraver's burin.

Size of Dry Point: 12 x 11 cm approx.

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