Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Arthur Ralph Middleton Todd - Printmaker

I was looking back through my pictures of pictures I had sold when I came across this image. Sadly this is only a small scale picture which doesn't really show the quality.

I have seen other works by Middleton Todd however none were of this quality. The others works are usually portrait or character studies.

He had the pedigree, being the son of the artist Ralph Todd and having studied under Stanhope Forbes in Newlyn and at the Central School of Arts and Crafts and eventually at the Slade. He was quite successful and was elected a Royal Academacian in 1945. In addition to his decorative work he taught at the Leicester School Art and Regent Street Polytechnic.  

His etchings are usually signed in pencil "Middleton Todd" so easy to identify.

If you should find the following etching for sale, beware !! Whilst it is an original etching signed in pencil, it is the frontise piece form the 1928 edition of "The Way of the World" by William Congreve published by The Haymarket Press. It is delightful but worth only a fraction of the one above. If you do like her then a copy of the book should be easy to find on AbeBooks.

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