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Norman Dudley Short (British), Pierrot, original crayon drawing, c1940, mounted
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Size: Mount 31.5 x 16.3 cm. Inside mount window 13 x 18.5 cm Condition: Very good condition, laid to original card, mount new. This cheeky representation of the clown Pierrot is a classic examples of Dudley Short's "one-line" drawings, in which he specialised in the later part of his career. The drawing is done with a crayon, Short's favoured method from about 1940. In fact close inspection suggests that this drawing is two lines. The simplicity of the image belies the difficulty of the technique. From about 1920 Dudley Short began to concentrate his drawings on simple lines, graduating in the later part of his career to the "one-line" drawing. The methods he used can be compared in concept to Japanese and Chinese brush painting, although different techniques are used. This earned him the nickname "Samurai Short". From a collection of Dudley Short's drawings formerly belonging to his daughter, Mrs Jane Law. Norman Dudley Short (1882-1951) Sometimes referred to as Dudley Short, he began his artistic career in 1910 as an apprentice in a commercial studio in Birmingham. and moved to London three years later, still working on a commercial basis. He started to work on new techniques, but this was interrupted by the war, when he was on active service before being invalided out. After that he resumed his experiments in style, joining the Studio Club, a Bohemian meeting place frequented by eminent artists such as Munnings, Epstein and Nevinson. Around this time he dropped naturalistic drawing altogether and concentrated on outline drawing and design. He joined the Civil Service, which he said he enjoyed for the unlimited quantities of paper and the opportunities for exhibition. He also wrote verses and other articles, and a book "The Money Trick" In 1932. For the last ten years of his life (cut short by his accidental death in 1951), he produced only "one-line" drawings, literally drawings made by a single line. He refined his technique into one where the movement of the pen or pencil, held in an upturned hand like a trowel, came entirely from the elbow and shoulder, not from the wrist. Of this approach Short said "I find it expresses what I want to convey. The final drawing, the result of many rejected attempts and full waste paper baskets, is hurled onto the paper at speed. The element of luck is exciting and the finished result may be unexpected". Dudley Short's were frequently printed or reproduced in journals and magazines between the 1920s and 1940s, including The Studio, Apollo, New English Weekly, Drawing & Design, and elsewhere. A one-man exhibition of his work took place at the Little Art Rooms, Duke Street, London, in 1923, Brook Street Art Gallery in 1944, The Chelsea Gallery in 1949, and a posthumous retrospective at the Cross-Keys Gallery in Beaconsfield in 1969, which showed work he was planning to exhibit at this third solo show in 1951. He also exhibited jointly at numerous other exhibitions. As early as 1919 Dudley Short's drawing was being held up as an example of how "less is more" if often successful, and what makes Short's drawing special, apart from the interesting technique, is his gentle humour and observation of small details, something frequently noted in the reviews of his work.
Mount 31.5 x 16.3 cm. Inside mount window 13 x 18.5 cm
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Norman Dudley Short (British), Pierrot, original crayon drawing, c1940, mounted (LA333502) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1940
Very good condition, laid to original card, mount new.
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This Norman Dudley Short (British), Pierrot, original crayon drawing, c1940, mounted is located in Nottingham, United Kingdom