Large colourful and bustling etching depicting a large crowd enjoying their Bank Holiday on Hampstead Heath. The fair is decpited in the background. The entire series is infused with a strong anti-snobbish satirical element.
Etching and aquatint with hand colouring on wove (vellin) paper.
Sheet size: 32,1 x 40,1 cm. Image size: 22,6 x 27,7 cm.
From the ‘Rues et Visages de London’ (1928) series of 21 prints.
Made by ‘Chas Laborde’ after own design. Charles (Chas) Laborde (1886-1941) was born in Buenos Aires into a wealthy family. The family soon returned to France, where he started drawing as a child. He enrolled at the prestigious Academie Julian. At this time he made friends with Darrigan, whose family they visit during the summers. This is where his love for England started, and he also adopted the abbreviation of his name to Chas. His career started making captioned drawings for Le Rire, l’Assiette au Beurre and Sourire. During the First World War he enlisted but continued to send pictures to Le Rire Rouge. He published his album Rues et Visages de Paris in 1926, and two years later a similar album with prints of London street scenes.
Condition: Very good, given age. Remains of attachment to carrier on the rear. Sheet edges a little irregular. A pencil annotation in the lower left margin. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.