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Frederick Landseer Griggs, R.A., R.E. 1876-1938.

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Lanterns of Sarras. 1932. Etching. Comstock 47.iv. 6 3/16 x 5 1/16 (sheet 10 3/8 x 7 1/4). Edition 41 in this state (total c. 76 proofs). Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1923. 10 (1924): 107. Three small foxing spots verso, not visible on the front; otherwise excellent condition. A fine impression printed on antique cream laid paper, trimmed to the platemark on three sides and small margins at bottom (as issued). Annotated 'Mon' and signed in pencil. $4,500.

This plate was the artist's Diploma work on election to full membership of the Royal Academy.

Sarras is a mystical island to which the Holy Grail is brought in the Arthurian legend. In the Lancelot-Grail Cycle, Joseph of Arimathea and his followers visit the island on their way to Britain; while there Joseph's son Josephus is invested as a bishop and shown the mysteries of the Grail by Christ himself. The party wins many converts, and moves on to Britain where they establish a great line of kings.

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