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A Souvenir of the Centenary Boat Race 1829-1929.

WEBB (Clifford).

WEBB (Clifford).

A Souvenir of the Centenary Boat Race 1829-1929.

Coloured lithograph signed by Clifford Webb lettered "Centenary Boat Race 1829-1929" in a banner at the centre and "From Gwladys and Richard Cobden-Sanderson of 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith, The House Depicted On This Souvenir. Come Again And Again And Again. A Souvenir Of The Centenary Boat Race 1829-1929" around the border. 230 x 168 mm. 1929

A charming print by Clifford Webb, which is not found in the British Museum or the Victoria and Albert. Clifford Webb (1895-1972) was apprenticed as a lithographer before serving in the British and Indian armies during the First World War, seeing action at Mons, Gallipoli and in Mesopotamia. From 1919 to 1922 he studied at Westminster School of Art and from 1923 to 1926 he was a part time lecturer at the Central School of Art in Birmingham. He illustrated Ransome's Swallows and Amazons and Swallowdale and wrote and illustrated a series of books, many of them for children and featuring animals.

Richard (or Dickie) Cobden-Sanderson (1884-1964) was the son of the bookbinder and printer Thomas and his wife Annie. T. J. C-S moved the Doves Press and Bindery to 15 Upper Mall, Hammersmith in 1909, and in 1916 he and Annie renovated the house and made it their home. Dickie married Dorothea Dirks in 1912 but they divorced in 1921, and he later married a young widow, Gwladys Murray Leslie, known as Sally. In 1919 Dickie set himself up as a publisher, and held on to 15 Upper Mall until after the Second World War when the business went into liquidation and he was compelled to sell. Webb's print includes two doves flanking a mug of beer (lettered "O.B.E.") - a nod to the Doves Pub next door.

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