Lot 210


The Rising City, circa 1926-7
signed in pencil 'C.R.W. Nevinson' (in the margin lower right)
35 x 23.5cm

Jonathan Black, CRW Nevinson The Complete Prints, Lund Humphries, 2014, cat. no. 125, pp. 56, 176 (illustrated p.177)

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,500
Hammer price: £2,800
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

The Rising City was first exhibited at Alex Reid & Lefevre, London, April 1927 while a related drawing (dimensions and whereabouts unknown) was first exhibited at the Leicester Galleries, London in March that same year.  When considering the present work Jonathan Black notes, 'Nevinson acknowledged and celebrated the burst of building activity that London witnessed c.1920-26 in The Rising City.  During the period, Adelaide House, just north of London Bridge and designed by Sir John Burnet, was completed in 1925 while Devonshire House on Piccadilly (1924-6) and Edwin Lutyens' Grosvenor House on Park Lane (1926-8) were under construction using the latest American-inspired techniques involving steel frames clad in stone, brick and concrete.'  (Op. cit. p.56).  Another example from the current edition is held at the Victorian and Albert Museum.

Condition report
The sheet has deckled edges; patches of staining to the extreme corners of the sheet border; two small pieces of mounting tape to upper left and right sheet border.  Etching surface is sound and clean.  Framed and under glass.

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