Clifford Ellis (1907-1985)
In a Nicholson butt-jointed frame
Provenance: the family of the artist, by descent.
Unusually Ellis has used thin paper and has sketched the same drawing with pencil on both sides, reversed on the back. This has enabled him to achieve a very interesting tonal range.
Clifford and Rosemary Ellis were famous as a husband and wife team for their fascination with nature and their vibrant and charming depictions of animals. They were the natural artists to be commissioned by Collins for their ‘New Naturalists’ series of books, which have become famous and highly collectable more for the dust jackets designed by the Ellises than for the – otherwise excellent – content. This painting is from a recently discovered series of paintings and drawings, never before seen by the general public, dating from the 1940s and 1950s.
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