Description: We offer a signed Cecil Aldin lithograph, the Bell Inn at Stilton, the composition is 13 ¾” x 23 5/8” on a 16 ½” x 24 ½” board, which appears to be original. At lower left corner there is a printed signature in the composition with a pencil signature underneath. Impressed with “proof number 43, Lawrence and Bullen Ltd.” at the lower right corner. Published by Lawrence and Bullen in 1903. One of many “portraits” of inns that Aldin made over the course of his career. The image pulses with Aldin’s refined narrative approach to illustration: his signature beagle and red coated huntsman make their way into town ahead of a packed carriage, whose horses seem to be picking up speed. Contained, gentlemanly chaos. Item #PR00210.
Cecil Charles Windsor Aldin, (1870 – 1935), was a British artist and illustrator best known for his paintings and sketches of animals, sports, and rural life. He was an enthusiastic sportsman and a Master of Fox Hounds, and many of his pictures illustrated hunting. Aldin's early influences included Randolph Caldecott and John Leech.
Condition: Lightly toned vertical line in the center from acidic backboard, some soil and toning in blank margin. Generally good condition.