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1930 Woodcut Ceylon Sri Lanka Indian Boat Canoe Portrait Lynd Ward Coast XGYA3

1930 Woodcut Ceylon Sri Lanka Indian Boat Canoe Portrait Lynd Ward Coast XGYA3

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This is an original 1930 black and white woodcut of a man directing his canoe in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon). The country is located near the Palk Strait, India, the Maldives, and the Gulf of Mannar.


This 81+ year old Item is rated Very Fine +++. No creases. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage. Please note: There is printing on the verso.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Very Fine +++
  • Dimensions: Approximately 4.5 x 3 inches; 11 x 8 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper is pleased to present a collection of woodcuts from artist Lynd Ward. The collection explores various tropical locations; including Haiti, Tahiti, Martinique, Sri Lanka, and the New Hebrides, as well as various others. The collection mostly focuses on the cultures and natives of the countries, but also showcases city and seascapes throughout the regions. Please relax, and enjoy the rest of these beautiful woodcuts by clicking on the link provided at the bottom of the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by Ward, Lynd.

Ward, Lynd

Lynd Ward (1905-1985) was an American storyteller and artist influential to the graphic novel. Ward often worked with wood engravings, but also worked in lithography, mezzotint, watercolor and oil. Ward grew up as the son of a Methodist minister in Illinois, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, and decided to become an artist once he realized that his last name, when spelled backwards, read "Draw." Ward published his first graphic novel, titled, Gods' Man in 1929, during the same week as the detrimental stock market crash. Ward was a member of the Society of American Graphic Arts, the National Academy of Design, and with the Society of Illustrators. In celebration of his life and artwork, 217 Films began work on a documentary of Ward, which premiered in March of 2012. Throughout his lifetime, Ward won various awards for his works, including the Library of Congress award, the Caldecott Medal and an award from Rutger's University for his children's books.

Keywords specific to this image: Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, sailing, boat

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