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Sir George Clausen, R.A. 1852-1944.

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Lifting an Inner Tube. 1917. Lithograph. 25 x 20 1/2. Series: "Making Guns" published by the Stationary Office as part of the series, The Great War: Britain's Efforts and Ideals. Edition 200. A fine impression printed on off-white wove paper. Signed in pencil. $850.

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Sir George Clausen was born in London, the son of a decorative artist. Clausen attended the design classes at the South Kensington Schools with great success. He then worked in the studio of Edwin Long, R.A. and subsequently in Paris under Bouguereau and Robert Fleury. Clausen became one of the foremost modern painters of landscape and of peasant life, influenced by the impressionists with whom he shared the view that light is the real subject of art. George Clausen drew only a very few lithographs between the years 1895 and 1907. He returned to lithography in 1917 as an official War Artist during World War I, to produce a series of six industrial subjects for one of the Great War publications issued by the government in a limited edition. This series, "Making Guns", is in the collection of the Tate Gallery and the Imperial War Museum, in London.

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