Original French Limited Edition Signed Lithograph. 1899.
By the renowned English engraver, illustrator and theatrical designer Sir William Newzan Prior Nicholson (1872-1949) is this very scarce original French Limited Edition (1050) Lithograph from L'Estampe Moderne series.
Dated 1899, this fine stone Lithograph was created especially for L'Estampe Moderne series in the simple woodcut style made famous by Sir William Nicholson (1872-1949) and is one of the rarest examples of this fine series.
Entitled 'Jeune Fille Assises' (Seated Young Woman) and printed on a dark stock paper, it was heavily influenced by Japanese woodblock prints and features a young seated Victorian lady with long brown ringlets, a dress of faded red, and a white shawl. The entire design is heavily outlined with black.
Sir William Nicholson was half of the famed Beggerstaff Brothers, who's iconic design studio, opened in London in 1893, was at the forefront of Art Nouveau graphic art and influenced poster design well into the 20th Century.
Based on early Chap Book illustrations, it is one of the rarest L'Estampe Moderne series lithographs.
Issued in 1899 by C Masson and H Piazzi, Paris and printed by the famed Imprimerie Champenois, it is 'tipped into' a backing sheet bearing the L'Estampe Moderne blind stamp of authenticity lower right.
Signed and dated in the print upper left it measures 12" x 16" full sheet and the subject is 7 3/4" x 7 1/2" and is in good Antique condition.
L'Estampe Moderne consisted of 4 Limited Edition lithographs, issued monthly in a cover by Alphonse Mucha between 1897 and 1899.
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