Ben Nicholson made prints in three phases of his career: the late 1920s and early 1930s, when he made linocuts; the late 1940s when he made drypoints; and the late 1960s when he made etchings. In an extensive essay, Jeremy Lewison, a renowned expert on Nicholson’s work, examines all three phases in depth, bringing into the public domain new material on the making of these prints.
Whether in relief or intaglio, Nicholson emphasised the hand made quality of his work, ensuring that even those published in editions were sufficiently varied to make each copy unique. One of the greatest draughtsmen of the twentieth century, Nicholson translated his mastery of line to carved and etched media.
Reviewing the catalogue in the Art Newspaper Marco Livingstone wrote: ‘An indispensable reference tool. ... Jeremy Lewison skilfully guides the reader to a close examination of the individual works. ... a sound and helpful assessment of a much admired body of graphic work.’