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3 April 2019

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 213

Michael Ayrton (British 1921-1975), Femmes/Hommes

Estimate £6000 - £8000 + fees

Michael Ayrton (British 1921-1975)

Illustrations for Femmes Hombres by Paul Verlaine

15 etchings, 1971, edition B, signed and lettered on the frontispiece bound in original portfolio; with an additional portfolio, as published, containing an original pencil drawing, signed lower left and dated 12.10.69 lower right, 25.5 x 34.5cm (10 x 13 1/2in.); a set of signed preliminary proofs on japon (including proofs of two discarded plates) and a set of signed prints on hand-made paper, all contained in original slip case (Qty)

Overall 33.5 x 43.5cm (13 1/4 x 17 1/4in.)

Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) composed the erotic verses Femmes/Hombres in 1890/91 based on his experiences, especially his affair in 1870/71 with the young Arthur Rimbaud. The verses were not well received at the time of publication in 1903, after Verlaine's death.


Sale, Bonhams, 22nd June 1992, Lot 51

Acquired from the above by the present owner