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(London 1897 - Turin 1982)

Etching, printed with a yellow background; numbered and signed in black chalk at bottom  X/XXV / Daphne. Fine impression and condition. To the platemark 152 x 198 mm, the full sheet measuring 280 x 354 mm.

Daphne Maugham trained and worked alongside painter, sculptor, and printmaker Felice Casorati, her rigorous but brilliant husband and teacher. Before moving to Italy in 1925, she had studied at the Academie Ranson where she’d trained with Nabis founders Paul Serusier and Maurice Denis. During her Paris years (1918–1921), the artist also studied with Cubist master Andre Lhote. Maugham enjoyed success in Italy and was featured in nine exhibitions at the Venice Biennale between 1928 and 1950, as well as six exhibitions at the Quadriennale Nazionale d’Arte in Rome between 1935 and 1965. She received numerous prizes throughout her career. Creative talent ran in her family: her maternal great-grandfather was the animal painter Sir William Beechey and her mother, Mabel Hardy, has several pieces in the Victoria and Albert Collection in London. Maugham was a niece of the famed author W. Somerset Maugham.