OBITUARY: Lawrence Josset

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Anthony Dyson was right to emphasise Lawrence Josset's mastery of the technique of mezzotint [obituary, 27 May], writes Ian Lowe.

One of Josset's finest achievements was the mezzotint which he made after Meredith Frampton's portrait of Sir Edwin Lutyens as Master of the Art Workers' Guild, painted in 1933. (The occasion must have given the subject a certain satisfaction as he wrote, in 1903, "In train to Holy Island", that E.J.May "wants to take me to the Art Workers' Guild to introduce me. That too is flattering. I haven't been there for 10 or 11 years, and then no one knew me and those few that did patronised or snubbed me.") What Mr Dyson describes as "an art of translation from the medium of paint to that of print" was brilliantly achieved in the mezzotint of Lutyens.

Josset caught the twinkle in Lutyens' eye well described by E.V. Lucas, as Mary Lutyens recalled in her 1980 life of her father: "His eyes grow merrier, his spectacles ever rounder, his head loses a hair here and there. . . "

Lawrence Josset was elected an associate member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers in 1936, at the age of 25, and a full member in 1951.

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