Signed, dated, titled and inscribed ‘from edition of 50’ by the artist in pencil. Printed on wove Japan paper. One of only a few proofs printed from the proposed, yet unfulfilled, edition of 50. The block was destroyed.
This is the first of a series of four wood engravings that Nash created of the bay and sea wall at Dymchurch in Kent, a subject that he drew, painted and photographed frequently in this period. The group of prints comprises: ‘The Sea Wall’ (1920), ‘Promenade I’ (1920), ‘Promenade II’ (1920) and ‘The Bay’ (1922).
The female figure is presumed to be a portrait of Margaret Nash, the artist’s wife.
This wood engraving is closely related to Nash’s oil ‘The Steps’ (1920-23), also known as ‘The Sea Wall’.