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These fine, undated woodblock prints were undertaken by Eric Phillipps Dancker, purchased with a larger collection of Dancker material from an online vendor in 2019.
The stylised imagery of these natural world landscapes depict Dancker's fine artistic sensibility and his minute powers of observation of the surrounding world. Though charming and often amusing in their simplicity, there is a strong sense of self-removal and isolation. All images are related by themes of 'natural purity,' of simplicity, beauty, quiet and natural order.
The abstracted, well-resolved and mature style of these images indicates completion later in the 20th century by an experienced artist. It is possible Eric Phillipps Dancker completed these illustrations between the conclusion of his jail sentence in 1945 and his death in 1953, likely a period of social isolation and financial hardship for the former architect.
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