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Dark Lake

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1922 (printed)
    1922 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Paul Nash, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    wood engraving on blue-toned paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs Margaret Nash, widow of the Artist

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, room 514a, case RK, shelf 9, box L

Physical description

Wood engraving on paper depicting a female nude wading in a lake. The lake is overhung by trees and high grasses obscure the shore in the right foreground.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1922 (printed)
1922 (published)


Paul Nash, born 1889 - died 1946 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

wood engraving on blue-toned paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed by the artist with the title and 'proof for Denis'. Signed in Pencil 'Paul Nash'.


Height: 10.2 cm, Width: 12.7 cm, Height: 610 mm frame, Width: 815 mm frame, Depth: 25 mm frame

Object history note

This print is plate four of seven by Paul Nash for the book Places, London: William Heinemann Ltd. 1922. 22p, ill. The book was published in two editions in December 1922. An initial edition of 50 was produced directly from the wood blocks and a further edition of 210 copies was reproduced from impressions of the wood blocks.

Descriptive line

'Dark Lake', book illustration by Paul Nash (1889-1946), 1922.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clear Skies and Storm Clouds. Visions of Buckinghamshire between the Wars Buckinghamshire County Museum exhibition leaflet.


Printing ink; Paper (fiber product)


Wood-engraving (process)

Subjects depicted

Ponds; Reflections; Forests; Lakes; Leaf (plant material); Trees; Grasses; Nudes


Illustration; Prints

Production Type

Limited edition


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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