Ralph N. Chubb
Curridge, Berkshire: R. N. Chubb, 1924
[S.L.] III [Chubb – 1924]
Ralph Chubb already had a successful career as a painter behind him when he began to develop a lifelong interest in fine printing, woodcuts and lithography. Seen here is the first work he typeset himself, and there is a certain naivety and even clumsiness to the presentation. The verse here is homoerotic, but it marks only the beginning of Chubb’s development as an artist, which ultimately raised a sexualised longing for adolescent boys to a quasi-mystical level, expressed through a dense allegorical and symbolic repertoire arguably only understood by Chubb himself.