A Span of Old Battersea Bridge - FRANK SHORT
Medium: aquatint and soft ground etching
Aquatint and soft ground etching, 1899, Hardie 155; edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine overall apart from a very faint suggestion of lightening within a previous mat opening. This masterful early work, clearly inspired by Whistler, is a tour de force of design and execution. "The importance of Sir Frank Short in the development of modern British printmaking cannot be overstated. As head of the first engraving school at the Royal College of Art, and later as President of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, he exerted the fundamental influence which was responsible for the technical excellence of British etching and engraving during the first decades of this century." (M. Campbell, 1993). A detailed technical analysis of this print and how it was made is found on page 339 of The Art of Etching by E.S. Lumsden, 1924.
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