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Hampstead Heath

Item Code: AG-hamp-ga-ss
Medium
Inkjet print
Date of Work
2020
Signed
Stamped signature
Height (cm)
45
Width (cm)
60
Base price $631
Includes free standard framing and uk delivery

We’re delighted to present this new edition of Gross’ rare Coronation print, bearing the Goldmark Atelier blind stamp and the Anthony Gross Estate stamped signature.

In 1952 a ‘Coronation Series’ to be launched to celebrate Elizabeth’s coronation the following year was proposed, which was to comprise 40 lithographs printed at the Royal College of Art under the direction of Edwin la Dell, who took the opportunity to champion lithography at the college. In the end 36 artists contributed prints which were presented for sale in portfolios in an edition of 50. None of the portfolios were numbered and it remains unknown how many were printed – only that certain contributions, like Gross’, are today fantastically scarce.

Gross’ Hampstead Heath presented picnickers and fairground-goers in late summer festivities, transforming his original watercolour scene into a Coronation special with added ‘Elizabeth Regina’ and ‘long live our queen’ blazons on the children’s balloons and a tiny Union Jack flag in the foreground.

The original painting now resides in the government art collection, allowing us to see the changes Gross made to enliven his lithograph. It is typical of his ‘teeming’ style, where land and cityscape ripple in a sea of inky activity. Here the trees explode into a constellatory shimmer of leaves, dancing like stars or firework squiggles reminiscent of Miró and mirrored in the scattered figures below. Gross’ compositional generosity made for one of the more interesting, and enduring, images of the series – one the Goldmark Gallery are delighted to be reviving.
Anthony Gross portraitAnthony Gross was born in London in 1905 and studied painting and engraving at the Slade. Later he studied in Paris and Madrid and spent much of his time in France. In 1940 Gross evacuated his family on one of the last ships to leave Bordeaux. He was appointed an Official War Artist and landed in Normandy with the Allied troops on D-Day, holding his materials aloft as he waded ashore.

Gross was very prolific, producing more than 500 pictures during the War. Post-war, he stayed in France before finally buying a house in the south-west in 1955 and settled into a pattern of living and working there during the summer but returning to London each winter. In 1980 he was elected an R.A. Gross died in 1984.
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