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Thursday 13 June 2019

William Lee-Hankey’s aquatint, "The First Born”, 1905

William Lee-Hankey (1869–1952)

"The First Born”, 1905

Aquatint with muslin (textile) imprint on soft-ground etching, printed on cream wove (China) paper, hand-signed by the artist in pencil, proof before the numbered edition of 20 monochrome impressions and 55 colour impressions. (Technical information provided by the Elizabeth Lee-Harvey website—see URL further below).

Size: (sheet) 40.2 x 27.5 cm; (plate) 32.5 x 25.2 cm.
Signed in pencil below the image at right, “W.Lee Hankey sc. et imp.”, with hand-written pencil notes along the lower edge of the sheet, “The First Born”, and a collector’s inventory number.
Stamped in ink at the lower left edge of the sheet in the margin: “MADE IN ENGLAND.”

Hardie 17 (Martin Hardie 1921, “The Etched Work of W. Lee-Hankey, R.E. From 1904 to 1920”, London, L.H. Lefevre & Son).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print:
“A woman seated in a chair placed in a garden, holding a child who looks over her shoulder”

See also the description of the exquisite colour version of this print at Elizabeth Harvey-Lee:

Condition: well-printed, near faultless, signed, proof impression in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of use). There are hinge remnants of mounting (verso).

I am selling this extraordinarily beautiful aquatint of great delicacy, for the total cost of AU$420 (currently US$290.12/EUR256.84/GBP229.01 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing this masterpiece of tonal nuance by one of the influential printmakers at the beginning of the 20th century, please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

This print has been sold

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