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Graham Clarke (b.1941) - Signed & Framed 1998 Etching, The Sweet Nightingale



A very handsome etching with aquatint by the artist Graham Clarke (b.1941), entitled 'The Sweet Nightingale', a pub amongst a joyous street fayre. Graham Clarke is one of Britain's most popular and best-selling printmakers, and has created hundreds of images depicting English rural life. Clarke's work has gained admiration for his revival of hand coloured prints in the tradition of Thomas Rowlandson. His famous 'arched top' etchings, with which Graham Clarke established a widely successful reputation in Britain and overseas, came to public attention in 1973 when he first exhibited in London at the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Show.

This fine etching has been inscribed, editioned and signed in pencil below the plate line. Well presented in a card mount and modern wood and gilt effect frame, as shown.

Signed and dated and inscribed. On wove.


In very good condition. Very small amount of debris behind the glazing. The frame is in fine condition.


21.6 x 23.9cm (8.5" x 9.4")
Framed Size: 43.8 x 45cm (17.2" x 17.7")

Artist Biography

Born in 1941, printmaker Graham Clarke was educated at Beckenham Art School, and then at the Royal College of Art where he specialised in illustration and printmaking, and pursued his interest in calligraphy. With encouragement from Edward Bawden, Clarke began refining an individual aesthetic, printing traditional landscapes marked by a sense of locality and genre. Graduating in 1964, he benefited from the print boom of the decade and, with commissions from Editions Alecto and London Transport Publicity Department a promising career was launched. The publication in 1969 of his first hand-printed "livre d'artiste", Balyn and Balan won recognition from the most influential patron and connoisseur of the day, Kenneth Clark. Examples of Clarke's work are held by Royal and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum, and the Tate Gallery.

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Code kr214
Artist Graham Clarke (b.1941)
Date 1998
Dimensions 21.6 x 23.9cm
Framed Yes
Medium Etching
Style Illustration Art
Subject Genre Scene
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