ARDIZZONE, Edward (illustrator). The Local. [Cassell & Co. Ltd. La Belle Sauvage, 1939].
An original lithograph in colours, title-legend by Ardizzone in the plate, image size circa 14 x 21cm, professionally mounted in a hand-cut acid-free ivory-coloured mount (circa 28 x 41cm) and presented in a smark unvarnished oak frame.
From one of Edward Ardizzone's earliest works, "The Local", published in 1939, with text by Maurice Gorham who was a childhood friend of the artist. The image is of "The Warwick Castle", 6 Warwick Plate, Maida Vale, London. This is the first of their joint investigations in printed form into pubs and popular goings-on which arose from their enjoyment of the conviviality of pub life. Gorham noted that the unsold copies of the book together with the unbound sheet and plates "went up together in the burning of Cassell's premises in Belle Sauvage Yard". The plates were printed at the the Curwen Press.