The Father's Leave-taking - WILLIAM HOLMAN HUNT
WILLIAM HOLMAN HUNT
Etching, 1879, Hartnoll 17; edition of probably less than 100 plus many trial proofs. 7 1/2 x 10 in. Initialed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a rare, superb, proof impression on large Japan paper, as released in the special proof edition of the very scarce 1879 Etching Club portfolio. The condition is very good with only minor creasing in the bottom corners of the sheet. (This impression comes from a large collection of working proofs which appeared in the London market back in 1993.) This important Pre-Raphaelite print was published as Plate 12 in the Etching Club portfolio of 1879. The proof copies of the portfolio were issued with a list of plates and the prints themselves were each mounted in a hinged thin cardboard mount. This is arguably Hunt's finest etching and it's a landmark graphic work of the Pre-Raphaelite movement. Impressions of this quality are rare.
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