The Veil Raised, Lithograph by Haydn R. Mackey


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The Veil Raised by Haydn Reynolds Mackey. Lithograph. 1922. A3 size. Some foxing present, illustration itself is unmarked and sharp. Scarce item. 

This is an original lithograph by English artist H. R. Mackey (1883-1979) . This example would of been initially a piece from The Golden Hind Magazine, a publication dedicated to Art & Literature from 1922. Mackey’s prints are rare, having never been published in formal editions. It is likely that the time and difficulty involved in producing each final colour print precluded the production of these prints on a commercial scale. Mackey’s works of this nature remain some of the most striking linocuts produced in England at this time, but were never published on a large scale.

He was a book illustrator and printmaker whose print work consisted of strongly coloured linocuts and woodcuts. Mackey once said of the art of Austin Osman Spare;  "rhythmic ornament grew from his hand seemingly without conscious effort."

A similar women to the individual in this piece can found in another painting by the artist, entitled Rachel. 

On the reverse side of the paper is a small illustration by Cecil French.