P07910 Cranes 1952
Lithograph 17 × 14 1/2 (430 × 368) on paper 25 3/4 × 19 3/4 (655 × 502), printer unidentified (see below), published by the Redfern Gallery and Millers
Inscribed ‘Clough’ b.r. and ‘3/20’
Purchased from the artist (Grant-in-Aid) 1984
‘Cranes’ was one of a group of works commissioned by Rex Nan-Kivell of the Redfern in collaboration with Millers, a publishing house set up by Frances Byng-Stamper and Caroline Lucas (who were sisters) to make artists’ lithographs. Other artists similarly commissioned at this time were Keith Vaughan, Robert Colquhoun and Robert MacBryde. Like several of the series ‘Cranes’ was drawn on transfer paper and sent off to be printed: Clough saw and corrected proofs but had no direct contact with the printers themselves. Two printing studios were being used, Ravel in Paris and the Chiswick Press in London. The image is related to the relatively directly representational paintings of industrial scenes and lorries Clough was making at this date. Imagery such as the silhouetted girders and strong dark tonal blocks in this print later developed into a still referential but much less specific pictorial language.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986