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Canal and Bridge in Venice

Canal and Bridge in Venice

Muirhead Bone - 1876-1953
Etching w/ Drypoint
$2,100 unframed - Edition 28 - 20th state of 26 states - Total 129

One of eight children, Sir David Muirhead Bone was born and raised in a Glasgow suburb. First trained as an architect, Bone’s early aptitude for art quickly rose to the fore. Although
he attended Glasgow School of Art, Muirhead Bone was mostly self-taught. His first etchings and drypoints date from 1898. Within just two years he had established himself as a premier British etcher.

1901 was a pivotal year for Muirhead Bone. He moved to London and had his first one man exhibition at the Carfax Gallery. His etchings, each strengthened with extensive drypoint, clearly show Bone’s brilliant analysis of structure and solidity -- concerns which would have a large influence on twentieth century British art.

Bone did not take long to achieve mastery of drypoint. He must rank as one of the greatest of all exponents of drypoint as a medium. One of its special characteristics is the almost
indefinable combination of precision and freedom in the line, as well as the texture. Bone was able to use all these qualities to create both contour and surface within a single stroke.

Bone’s etchings and drypoints are extremely rare for good reason, including this original example. Muirhead Bone was a purist who would not steel-face his plates for printing large
editions. Because most of his intaglio prints contain considerable drypointing (which wears very quickly under the pressure of printing) few of his prints exist in editions of over one hundred. Thus the majority of Muirhead Bone’s etchings and drypoints are very difficult to acquire.

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