This drawing, measuring 11 " by 15 1/4" inside the mat, and the entire sheet 11 1/4" by 18", (17 3/4" by 21 3/4" framed) is titled at lower left "Avignon Place aux Nymphes", and is signed at lower right by the noted 20th century British artist Adrian Paul Allinson. The drawing is clearly a mixed media work, with charcoal pencil, and colored crayons among the mix. Avignon is a famous and ancient town in southeastern France, and this intimate square is among its picturesque charms. Allinson was an English painter, potter and engraver who came to be known for his landscapes of Britain, Continental Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa. He graduated from the Slade School in 1910, then went to Paris and Munich for further art studies. Considered one of the founding members of The Camden Town Group, he later joined the Vorticists to form The London Group. Associated with Bloomsbury during World War I, he continued to create paintings and drawings in the interwar period, including designs for opera sets. Allinson created posters for London Transport in the 1930's, and was named a government war artist during the Second World War. Significantly the drawing has water damage which is visible despite a past owner's attempts to mat it out. In the course of the matting this owner actually has chosen to hide a significant portion of the original drawing; and despite this harsh matting, the water stains remain visible around the edges. A professional paper restorer could very likely remove or minimize these water stains, and the investment in such treatment would likely be wise, as the artist's works have sold impressively at auction, paintings into five figures. This drawing has color notations in pencil, suggesting that it is a study for a painting. I am offering a second drawing by the artist, acquired at the same time from the same Southern California collection that was brought to the United States by an English family.
Adrian Allinson (1890 - 1959) mixed media drawing of Avignon square by well known English artist