Exceptional price for very rare print by famous First World War artist at Bonhams


LONDON.- A very rare print by the acclaimed First World War artist Christopher Nevinson, which had never been seen at auction before, made over £50,000 at Bonhams Prints auction in London last week. The work, The Doctor (The Out-patient), dates from 1916, when Nevinson was at the height of his career and had turned to printmaking for the first time. It shows a soldier being treated for head injuries at a field hospital while bandaged comrades stumble past in the background. Etchings of this early war period have become the most sought after and rarest of all Nevison’s graphic work and there was fierce bidding for this print. It was eventually sold for £50,140. There is a copy of this work in the British Museum and an oil painting from the same year depicting the same scene is in the Imperial War Museum. Bonhams Print specialist, Tanya Grigoroglou, said,