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Snow in Springtime by John Edgar Platt

Snow in Springtime
by John Edgar Platt

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Color Woodcut

1920

Edition Size: 61/100 (71 recorded)

Image Size: 9-5/8 x 11-7/8 inches

Sheet Size: 10-3/4 - 13-1/4 inches

Reference: Chapman 6

Signed

Condition: Excellent

$2,000.00

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“Snow in Springtime” is a relief print, a woodcut printed with 9 colors, done in 1919-20. The image measures 9-5/8 x 11-7/8″. This impression is pencil signed, titled, and editioned “61/100” by the artist beneath the image (71 impressions recorded). The artist also added a small block with his monogram and the date “1919” in the lower right image. It was printed by the artist in proofs only on a sheet of antique-white laid Japanese paper that measures 10-3/4 x 13-1/4″. A reference for this image is Chapman 6.

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1908 he worked as the head of Leek School of Art for nine years until 1919. In 1917 Platt exhibited at the International Society of Sculptors and at the Arts and Craft Society. Two of his best-known prints, Snow in Springtime (1919) and The Giant Stride (1918) are from this period.

This energetic color woodcut “Snow in Springtime”, one of John Platt’s earliest, was revolutionary in every way. Rarely had the leaders of Britain’s early 20th-century color woodcut revival depicted movement so vividly and in such a modern, contemporary setting, nor were they in the habit of using family members as models.

The two girls sharing the swing are Platt’s sisters, Marian and Kathleen. Safely off to the side are his young children, Anthea and Michael. After making this print, seen here in an exceptionally crisp, colorful impression, the meticulous Platt returned to tradition and spent the 1920s doing mostly landscapes.

The Artist

John Edgar Platt

John Edgar Platt was born on March 19, 1886 in Leek Straffordshire, England, the son of local hotel owners. He was educated at the High School, Newcastle Under Lyme and at Margate Art School and the Leek School of Art before going to study at the Royal College of Art from 1905 to 1908. After graduating he worked as the head of Leek School of Art for nine years until 1919. Platt quickly developed his skills in oil painting, watercolours, woodcuts and engraved woodblocks and held his first exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1913. Between 1913 and 1916 he worked on the interior design of All Saints in Leek, producing stained glass, tapestry designs and murals for the church. In 1917 Platt exhibited at the International Society of Sculptors and at the Arts and Craft Society. Two of his best known prints, Snow in Springtime (1919) and The Giant Stride (1918) are from this period.

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