Percy John Delf Smith

Percy John Delf Smith (English) 1882 – 1948
The Pearly Queen, 1930, woodcut,
unsigned, 9″x 6″ sheet

The Pearly Queen, 1930, woodcut,
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Estimate: $125. Offers invited.

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Very good condition; unframed.

Painter and etcher of figure subjects and landscapes; calligrapher and book designer. Studied at the Camberwell and Central Schools of Art. Exhibited at the R.A. and other leading galleries. Represented in several public collections at home and abroad. Master of the Art Workers’ Guild 1941. Principal works include The Dance of Death 1914-18 (seven etchings), Twelve Drypoints of the War 1914-18, Wuthering Heights 1923 (five drypoints), 18 Drypoints and Etchings of the War 1931, 21 Drawings and Etchings of Palestine 1934, The Singing Beggar and The Dying Tramp. Published Quality in Life, an artist’s philosophy in 1919, and several books on lettering. Worked in the U.S.A. 1927 and in Palestine 1932. Lived in London for rmany years and died on 30th October 1948. – from Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950.

Though rather morbid, included below is an image from The Dance of Death, for which he established his reputation following service in France during WWI.

Seymour Jackson Gubb, Headmaster of Tauntons School (1892–1924)
Southampton City Museums
Stacking Hay – Etching
Image credit: Southend Museums Service
Mother and Child at a Memorial – Watercolor
The Dance of Death, No. 1: Death Forbids – Etching


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