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Robin Tanner. 1904-1988.

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Alington in Wiltshire (The First Swallow). 1927. Etching. Garton 2.iv. 6 3/4 x 8 7/8 (sheet 10 1/2 x 13 1/2). Final state published by in an editon of 12 by Garton & Cooke in 1982 (Nicolson published an edition of 40 in 1927). In states iii and iv, the swallow of the title was removed. In iv,the sky was re-etched and the cross-hatching was slightly finer. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. $1,750.

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Christmas. 1929. Etching. Garton 9.II. 13 X 11 (sheet 19 3/8 X 1 7/8). Trial proof, previous to the edition of 50 from the Penn Print Room edition published in 1974 by McDonald & Nicholson. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1928 by McDonald and Nicholson Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) A rich, tonal impression printed in simili-japon paper with full margins. Signed and annotated 'trial proof' in pencil. $8,500.

The Gamekeeper's Cottage. 1928. Etching. Garton 8.iv. 6 7/8 x 8 3/4 (sheet 10 3/8 x 13). Final state published in an edition of 12 by Garton & Cooke in 1982 (Nicolson published an edition of 50 in 1929). Signed in pencil. Housed in a 17 3/4 x 20 1/2-inch burled wood and gold frame. $2,750.

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The Old Road: Elegy for the English Elm I. 1976. Etching. Garton 36.iii. 11 7/8 x 9 3/8 (sheet 12 7/8 x 10 1/8). Edition 1,000. As published in 1977 in the deluxe edition of British Etchers, 1850-1940 by Kennerth Guichard. Pristine condition. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. $650.

According to Garton, "Studies for this print began in 1974 at a time when the Dutch elm disease was considerably advanced. This plate is not only a lament for the English elm, but also a celebration of Traherne's line, 'Everything was at rest, free and immortal.'"

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Twelve Etchings.

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After Robin Tanner retired from education, interest in his work grew and he returned to printmaking. A portfolio, Twelve Etchings was published by Joe Grafly at his Penn Print Room in 1974. The complete portfolio comprised of twelve etchings, on various papers, each signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil, with title page and illustrated brochure, published by the Penn Print Room, the full sheets, loose as issued within original brown cloth portfolio, 15 3/8 10 5/8 inches. Titles include: Wiltshire Roadmaker, Martin's Hovel, Wiltshire Woodman, Christmas, Harvest Festival, Autumn, Wiltshire Rickyard, June, Easter, Flowers of May, The Clapper Bridge and The Plough. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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1. Wiltshire Roadmaker. 1928. Etching. Garton 6.iv. 3 7/8 x 5 7/8 (sheet 7 3/4 x 10 1/16). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1928 by Nicholson. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton) Printed in black ink on cream laid paper with a hammer and anvil watermark. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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2. Martin's Hovel. 1927. Etching Garton 3. 6 1/2 x 8 3/8 (sheet 12 x 13 1/2). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 printed by David Strang and published in 1928 by Nicholson. (Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

3. Wiltshire Woodman. 1929. Etching. Garton 12. 4 1/2 x 5 3/8 inches(sheet 9 1/8 x 9 3/4). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1928 by Nicholson. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Three hinge stains in the top margin, well away from the image. Printed in black ink on cream laid paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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4. Christmas. 1929. Etching. Garton 9. 13 1/4 x 11 (sheet 20 1/4 x 16 3/4). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1928 by Nicholson. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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5. Harvest Festival. 1930. Etching.Garton 13.iii. 13 1/2 x 12 1/8 (sheet 20 1/4 x 16 3/4). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1930 by the XXI Gallery. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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6.Autumn. 1932. Etching. Garton 18.ii. 13 3/8 x 12 1/2 (sheet 20 1/4 x 16 3/4). Edition 50 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (A few proofs were sent to The Twenty One Gallery and one was hung at the Royal Academy in 1933 (1214), the only one to sell. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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7. Wiltshire Rickyard. 1939. Etching. Garton 21.v/vi. 8 3/8 x 9 1/8 (sheet 14 x 14 5/8). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There were earlier proofs, but no edition. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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8. June. 1946. Etching. Garton 23.ii. 5 3/4 x 6 5/8 (sheet 10 1/4 x 11 3/16). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (There was an earlier edition of 50 published in 1928 by Nicholson. Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Hinge stains in the top margin, well away from the image. Printed in black ink on cream laid paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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9. Easter. 1970. Etching. Garton 25.iii. 15 1/2 x 10 3/4 (sheet 20 1/4 x 16 3/4). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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10. Flowers of May. 1972. Etching. Garton 26. 10 5/8 x 7 3/8 (sheet 14 5/8 x 11 1/2). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black ink on H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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11. The Clapper Bridge. 1972. Etching. Garton 27. 7 x 9 3/4 (sheet 11 5/8 x 13 7/8). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Printed in black inkk on 'F J Head" countermarked H J Head cream wove paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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12. The Plough. 1973. Etching. Garton 30. 6 3/8 x 7 1/2 (sheet 11 1/8 x 11 7/8). Edition of 50 published by the Penn Print Room in 1974. (Edition of 12 published in 1984 by Garton and Cooke. Posthumous Memorial Portfolio edition of 112 unsigned etchings published in 1988 by Robin Garton.) Three hinge stains in the top margin, well away from the image. Printed in black ink on cream laid paper. Signed and numbered 37/50 in pencil. The complete set in its original portfolio case is extremely rare. $19,000 the complete set.

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Robin Tanner was an English artist, etcher and printmaker. He followed in the visionary tradition of Samuel Palmer and English neo-romanticism. His etchings began following night-school classes at Goldsmiths College, London. He had been inspired by the major Samuel Palmer retrospective exhibition organised by Martin Hardie in London in 1926, and his first etching was made in that year. He was particularly moved by Palmer's early Shoreham works which had been so influential on fellow students such as Paul Drury, William Larkins and Graham Sutherland. He also acknowledged his admiration for the technical craftsmanship of the older etcher, F.L. Griggs. Tanner was thus part of the etching revival in England.

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