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Book Description
Signed Limited Edition of 330 Copies, of which 300 are for sale. This Copy is No 77. Signed in dark red ink by Edna Clarke Hall. Folio, 36 x 26cm. Bound in original Blue Cloth, with Gilt lettering to upper board and spine. Front with some rippling & marking (see photo) Top Edge Gilt, others untrimmed. Text in very good clean condition, couple of stretched gutters, no inscriptions. Printed in England at The Curwen Press, Plaistow. Six full page illustrations. Complete. Scarce Title.
Dealer Notes
Edna Clarke Hall (1879-1979) was the tenth of the twelve children of the social campaigner Benjamin Waugh, cofounder of the NSPCC. Edna entered the Slade School Of Art at the age of fourteen, where she was taught by Henry Tonks & studied alongside Gwen and Augustus John, Ida Nettleship, Ambrose McEvoy and Albert Rutherston.
At the age of 19 Edna married William Clarke Hall, leading to tensions between Edna’s artistic ambitions and William’s ideas of domesticity. Edna suffered a nervous breakdown in 1919 and with the assistance of Tonks and others, reasserted her own artistic identity with a studio in South Square, Gray’s Inn. In 1926 The Times’s art critic declared her ‘the most imaginative artist in England’.
In 1941 her studio was destroyed, along with much of her work, during the Blitz.
Author Clarke Hall, Edna
Date 1930
Binding Cloth
Publisher London: Elkin Mathews And Marrot
Illustrator Clarke Hall, Edna
Condition Very Good
Pages 48pp

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