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Nathaniel Sparks, R.E. 1880-1956.

The Broken Column. 1915. Etching and drypoint. Barclay 153. 10 7/16 x 8 (sheet 17 1/16 x 10 3/4). Exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers. A rich impression with plate tone on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 19 x 16-inch archival mat. $1,000.

Barclay writes: 'This etching of a gargoyle or wingless chimera, was completed while the 1st WW raged, mounting casualties, broken bodies returning filled Sparks with despair. Celia Barclay writes “As he saw it about to overwhelm him [The War] he made one last cry of pain and called it ‘The Broken Column. It was of a gargoyle like creature escaping from its roost among the guttering of a Gothic building, Ely Cathedral?'

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