George Buday (1907-1990) Hungarian
Signed in pencil and dated 1935, inscribed and numbered 14/50, woodblock print, together with nine further woodblock prints by the artist, "Fairies", "Transylvanian Ballad", "Hungarian Landscape", "Love Story", "Three Brothers", "Wooden House in Transylvania", "Folkstory", "Transylvanian Folkballad", "Fairy Forest in Hungary" and "Witchery", each signed, inscribed with title and numbered from an edition of 30, 12cm by 10cm and various other sizes (10) (all unframed)
Provenance: Gifted by the artist to the present vendor's father, they became friends whilst working together at Bletchley Park during World War II.
Born in Hungary in 1907; George Buday attended Kolozsvar and Szeged University, he qualified in 1934 and also studied in Italy. He lectured on graphic design at the Franz Joseph University, Hungary, 1934-41. After emigrating to Britain in 1937 he worked as a book illustrator and author of a series of "Little Books", including the "Little Book of Hungarian Folk Tales" (1943). He was elected to the Royal Society of Painters-Etchers in 1953 and a fellow of the Society of Wood Engravers a year later. He also exhibited at the Royal Academy and elsewhere. He was author of "The History of the Christmas Card", published in 1954. The V&A Museum and British Museum hold a collection of his prints and Christmas card designs.