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Elegy for Vernon Watkins

Item Code: CR-90-u
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Sanesi 90
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Journey Towards the North
Base price $600
Includes free standard framing and UK delivery
Original lithograph signed bottom right, by Mrs Frances Richards.

Created for a collaboration with the Italian poet Roberto Sanesi. The suite Journey Towards the North is a collection of poems whose theme is Sanesi's response to his personal experience of Wales. Richards made seven lithographs to accompany the text.

These were the very last works that Richards completed, permission to print being given shortly before his death.

Printed by Curwen for Gino Cerastico Editore, Milan.
Ceri Richards PortraitCeri Richards was born in 1903 near Swansea to a Welsh-speaking family where music and poetry (influences on his work) were positively encouraged. A gifted draughtsman at school, he left to be apprentice in a firm of electricians in Swansea, devoting his evenings to studying engineering draughtsmanship at Swansea College of Technology and drawing at the Swansea College of Art.

He was a versatile artist, able to absorb many influences without sacrificing his originality. From 1933 he worked on a series of relief constructions and assemblages which were described by John Rothenstein as ‘original creations of a rare order, and unlike anything else done in Britain at the time’. Much of his work was inspired by his love of music and the poetry of Dylan Thomas. Richards died in 1971.
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