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Original lithograph in colours. 1966. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed by Jones as: ‘Bon à Tirer’ – (good to print) – the ‘guide proof’ for the edition. Edition of 20 impressions. Issued in the series: ‘A Fleet of Buses’. Drawn and printed at the Tamarind Workshop, Los Angeles. Edition issued by Editions Alecto, London 1966. Rare.
Ref: Lloyd – Allen Jones Prints no 37 b.
Note: By 1966 Jones had been recognized as one of the foremost young artists of the British Pop Art movement. Hockney was already in California and Jones was asked to make a series of colour lithographs which would express the essence of ‘British Pop’ – the new art of the everyday world. He chose the iconic red London Bus – the symbol of daily London life.
Taking the universally known shape of the double-decker bus he simplified and modified it to become a symbol.
Drawn at the outstanding Los Angeles lithography studio Tamarind and printed in an edition of just 30 impressions this ‘bus’ became one of the most admired prints of the British Pop era. Examples of this work are very rarely on the market. Moreover this is the unique approved ’guide impression’ for the edition and in absolutely exceptional condition.
Superb fresh proof impression. On pale cream Arches paper, cut to shape. Exceptionally fine condition. Sheet overall: 640 x 570 mm.