The Stone-Breaker. 1940. Line engraving. Meyrick and Hauser 226. 7 1/8 x 5 1/2 (sheet 12 3/4 x 10. Edition of 109 proofs as issued by the Print Collector's Club, with their monogram in the plate. A rich impression printed on cream wove paper. Reproduced: RA Illustrated 1940 (p. 72): Exhibited: RA 1940 (no. 1299); CAGM 1949 (no. 29). Signed, titled and annotated in pencil. $975.
The quote 'What's life but full of care and doubt, with all its fine humanities' is from the poem by Thomas Hood, Domestic Didactics, By An Old Servant. The newspaper which lies on the ground in front of the weary workmen reads "Christian Times. Power politics and sentimentality breed greed and national idolatry, hence war. Christ's way, the way to peace".
Anderson studied at the Royal College of Art under Frank Short, and at Goldsmith's College, New Cross. Anderson claimed, however, to be mainly self-taught from visits to the National Gallery and the British Museum. He joined the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers as an associate in 1910, becoming a fellow in 1923. During the First World War Anderson did munitions work in Woolwich. He did not see active service due to a heart condition. In 1925, he became the engraving tutor at Goldsmiths' where he taught Graham Sutherland. From 1930 to 1952 he was a member of the Engraving Faculty at the British School at Rome. He became an associate of the Royal Academy in 1934 and a full member in 1941. His diploma work for the Royal Academy was The Wheelright (1939). He participated in the Venice Biennale as a main artist in 1928 and as part of group shows in 1924, 1926, 1928, 1930 and 1938. He exhibited at the annual exhibitions of the Chicago Society of Etchers and the California Society of Etchers.
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