Nash, John (1893-1977), 'Paradise' or 'In Mortem Pistacci', Wood Engraving, 1925

'Paradise' or 'In Mortem Pistacci', Wood Engraving, 1925


Unsigned trial proof on wove paper.

This engraving was produced for Christopher Marlowe's 'Ovid's Elegies', published by Etchells and Macdonald in 1925.

In her book 'British Wood-Engraved Book Illustration 1904-1940', Joanna Selborne writes 'In 'Paradise' a dark, mysterious forest of exotic birds is punctuated by a winding black river on which glide two pure white swans - an unusually two-dimensional work for Nash, revealing a possible cross-influence with his brother. A year earlier Paul engraved 'Hanging Garden' which may well have inspired John's image'.

Reference Greenwood, Jeremy, 'The Wood Engravings of John Nash', 1987

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