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Arthur Briscoe

  1873 – 1943
 
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The Leadsman

The Leadsman   1933

Original etching.

The artist’s master proof impression, printed with considerable plate tone.

£580



Hove To

Hove To   1929

Original etching.

Excellent impression from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

One of the most dramatic of Arthur Briscoe's etchings of the high seas, Hove To ranks amongst the great prints of the British Etching Revival.

£1,650



Ten Knots

Ten Knots   1926

Original etching.

Exceptionally strong impression with pronounced etched line, from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£780



Caulking

Caulking   1928

Original etching.

Excellent impression with strong etched line; from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£420



In the Tropics

In the Tropics   1928

Original etching.

Very good, strong impression, from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs. The plate is known to have been destroyed.

£580



Gulls

Gulls   1934

Original etching.

Very good impression printed with considerable plate tone; numbered 3 from the edition of only 30 signed and numbered proofs.

£695



At the Tiller

At the Tiller   1929

Original etching.

Excellent impression with strong line and printed with tone; from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£1,100



A Tea Clipper

A Tea Clipper   1933

Original etching and aquatint, printed in colours.

Beautiful impression with excellent colour. A particularly fine example from the only published edition of 100 signed and numbered proofs.

£750 - on reserve



The Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark   1932

Original etching.

Very good impression printed with carefully wiped plate tone. From the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£650



The Bucko Mate (Plate I)

The Bucko Mate (Plate I)   1926

Original etching.

Excellent impression from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£495



The Bucko Mate (Plate I)

The Bucko Mate (Plate I)   1926

Original etching.

Very good impression numbered 6 from the edition of 75.

£420



The Trawler

The Trawler   1926

Original etching.

The final trial proof impression, prior to the published edition – signed and inscribed by the artist “Last Trial – A.B. Appro--- Paper”.

One of only 5 unnumbered trial proof impressions prior to the published edition of 75 signed and numbered prints (there were a further 6 impressions in the published state for the artist’s use). The plate is known to have been destroyed not long after the printing of this edition.

£1,400



The Beacon

The Beacon   1925

Original etching.

Beautiful impression printed in dark brown ink on blue-toned paper, with carefully wiped plate tone. From the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs (81 in all). The plate is known to have been destroyed.

£395



Outward Bound

Outward Bound   1927

Original etching.

Excellent impression printed in dark brown ink, with considerable plate tone. From the only published edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

£875



On the Main Yard sold

On the Main Yard   1925

Original etching.

Excellent impression from the only published edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

SOLD

 

No other British etcher has celebrated the world of the sailing ship with more understanding than Arthur Briscoe. Briscoe portrayed not just sailing vessels and the sea itself but, in particular, he delighted in portraying seafaring men whilst at work. Briscoe's original prints are now generally acknowledged as the finest marine etchings of the 20th century, for Arthur Briscoe’s bold etched works display both the artist’s intimate knowledge of the sea and his innate mastery of the etching needle. In particular, Briscoe had the ability to convey the motion of the sea itself and the varied effects of light and shade with extraordinary economy of line - a feat which has been the ultimate goal of the etching purist since the time of Whistler and the beginning of the British Etching Revival. [more]