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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The English Sporting prints

In the early 70s Searle produced a series of lithographs on the theme of English country 'sport'- specifically fox-hunting. But in Searle's version the fox always gets the upper hand.
The original sketch for 'Full Cry' (the prints obviously came out mirrored) 1975
Searle worked with his usual printing collaborator Michel Cassé in Paris.  Over the years various 'test' proofs found their way onto the art market and now fetch several hundred euros/dollars/pounds.

'Sporting Print. Uncorrected color lithographic proof on wove paper, 1970s. Published by Michel Cassé for Editions RS, Paris. Regular edition 99. “Specimen” stamp in image. Light creases. Titled and annotated “First uncorrected Colour Rough” in red ink. 19-1/2 x 25-1/2 inches.'
'Sporting Print. Color lithographic proof on wove paper, 1970s. Published by Michel Cassé for Editions RS, Paris. Regular edition 99. “Specimen” stamp in image. '

 The original sketch for 'The Kill' (later reversed after printing) 1975


The original sketch for 'The Stirrup Cup'  (later reversed after printing) 1971


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