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James McBey

  1883 - 1959
 
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The Dean Bridge, Edinburgh

The Dean Bridge, Edinburgh   1904

Original etching.

One of only 2 proofs printed in the first state of this rare early plate.

£2,500



The Cowgate, Edinburgh

The Cowgate, Edinburgh   1904-1905

Original etching.

Exceptionally strong trial proof impression printed prior to the only edition.
No other trial proof of this subject has been found.

£680



Logyard at Hoorn

Logyard at Hoorn   1910

Original etching.

One of only two known proofs of this plate.

£2,400



The Amstel

The Amstel   1910

Original etching with touches of drypoint.

Outstanding early proof impression, printed in warm, brownish black ink.
An exceptionally fine impression from the only edition of 40 signed and numbered proofs. Scarce.

£680



Burgos

Burgos   1911

Original etching with touches of drypoint.

£625



The Towy at Carmarthen

The Towy at Carmarthen   1911

Original etching with touches of drypoint.

Very good signed proof impression from the only edition of 30 numbered impressions.

£320



Penzance

Penzance   1913

Original etching.

Very fine signed proof impression from the only edition of 50 signed and numbered proofs.

£595



Disquietude (Portrait of Mrs. Martin Hardie)

Disquietude (Portrait of Mrs. Martin Hardie)   1914

Original drypoint.

Excellent signed proof impression, the fresh drypoint burr printing a rich velvety black. One of only 12 lettered proofs which James McBey retained for himself.
From the only edition of 80 signed and numbered proofs.

£595



A Norfolk Village

A Norfolk Village   1915

Original etching.

Particularly fine impression with clear etched line and skillfully applied plate tone. From the only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

£395



Rouen

Rouen   1916

Original etching with drypoint.

Excellent impression with exceptionally strong line and rich burr to the touches of drypoint, from the only edition of 76 signed proofs.

£495



The Seine at Rouen sold

The Seine at Rouen   1916

Original etching.

Excellent impression with exceptionally strong line and rich burr to the touches of drypoint, from the only edition of 76 signed proofs.

SOLD



The Moonlight Attack, Jelil

The Moonlight Attack, Jelil   1920

Original etching.

Outstanding impression, printed with considerable plate tone on pale blue-green paper to enhance the atmospheric effect of moonlight. From the only edition of 76 signed proofs.

£620



The First Sight of Jerusalem. Nebi Samwil (No.2)

The First Sight of Jerusalem. Nebi Samwil (No.2)   1920

Original etching.

Excellent impression printed with carefully wiped plate tone, from the only edition of 70 signed proofs (78 in all).

£775



The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea   1921

Original drypoint.

Outstanding proof impression printed in dark brown ink on blue-toned paper.
From the only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

£520



Gerona

Gerona   1923

Original etching.

Superb impression with very rich drypoint burr. From the only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

£295



The Riva at Dusk

The Riva at Dusk   1930

Original drypoint.

Excellent impression from the only edition of 80 signed and numbered proofs.

£750



The White Palace sold

The White Palace   1930

Original etching.

Beautiful signed proof impression printed in brownish-black ink. A truly fabulous impression printed with considerable plate tone, from the only edition of 80 signed and numbered proofs. Inscribed by the artist in pencil “best”.

SOLD



A Regatta on the Grand Canal, Venice sold

A Regatta on the Grand Canal, Venice   1930

Original drypoint.

Superb signed proof impression with rich drypoint burr, printed with considerable plate tone. From the only edition of 80 signed and numbered proofs.

SOLD



Venetian Night sold

Venetian Night   1930

Original etching.

Superb signed proof impression printed in brownish-black ink on special blue-toned paper. A particularly beautiful, richly inked impression with considerable plate tone, from the only edition of 81 signed and numbered proofs.
The greatest of all of McBey’s Venetian works and the most sought-after of his prints today.

SOLD



Boys Fishing sold

Boys Fishing   1902

Original etching.

Very good impression of this rare early plate. From the only edition of 27 signed and numbered proofs - only a very few of these proofs can be located today.

SOLD



Ransdorp Church sold

Ransdorp Church   1910

Original etching.

Rare – one of only 20 impressions ever printed from this early plate. Superb early proof impression, printed in warm toned black ink, with the etched lines strong and crisp.

SOLD



Amsterdam from Ransdorp sold

Amsterdam from Ransdorp   1910

Original etching.

Outstanding early proof impression, printed in warm, brownish black ink.
An exceptionally fine impression from the only edition of 40 signed and numbered proofs. Scarce.

SOLD



The Matador sold

The Matador   1911

Original drypoint.

Rare – one of only 15 impressions ever printed from this plate.

SOLD



The Crucifix, Boulogne sold

The Crucifix, Boulogne   1916

The original copperplate, etched by James McBey, together with a proof impression of the etching from the only edition.

Unique.

Original etching plates by James McBey are exceptional rarities.

SOLD



Quai Gambetta, Boulogne sold

Quai Gambetta, Boulogne   1916

Original etching with drypoint.

Very good signed proof impression with strong line and pronounced burr. From only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

SOLD



The Sussex sold

The Sussex   1916

Original etching with drypoint.

Excellent impression of the completed image, numbered ‘III’ from the only edition of 76 signed proofs. One of the outstanding masterpieces of James McBey's early war work.

SOLD



Strange Signals sold

Strange Signals   1919

Original etching.

Excellent impression with delicate plate tone applied to the upper sky.
From the only edition of 70 signed proofs (76 in all).
Strange Signals is one of the most famous of James McBey’s renowned desert war prints.

SOLD



Dawn, the Camel Patrol Setting Out sold

Dawn, the Camel Patrol Setting Out   1919

Original etching.

Brilliant signed proof impression of this magnificent etched work with the warm brown surface ink wiped to dramatic effect. A truly outstanding example from the only edition of 70 signed and numbered proofs (76 in all).

James McBey’s masterpiece.

Dawn, the Camel Patrol Setting Out is considered to be one of the greatest works of the entire British Etching Revival.

SOLD



Zero. A Sixty-five Pounder Opening Fire sold

Zero. A Sixty-five Pounder Opening Fire   1920

Original drypoint.

Superb signed proof impression with exceptionally rich drypoint burr. An outstandingly fresh impression from the only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

Zero is the most dramatic of all of McBey’s great wartime prints.

SOLD



A Flood in the Fens sold

A Flood in the Fens   1922

Original drypoint.

Outstanding signed proof impression, with exceptionally rich drypoint burr.
From the only edition of 76 signed and numbered proofs.

SOLD

 

James McBey was born the illegitimate son of Scottish peasants. Abandoned by his father, he was raised by his mother and her family in abject poverty, in the harsh, bleak countryside of Buchan, close to the north sea coast line. At the age of fifteen he gained employment with a bank in Aberdeen and from then on supported himself, his mother, and grandmother until his mother’s suicide in 1906. With no remaining family ties, James McBey now embarked upon a career as a professional artist – a career which was to propel him far from his humble origins to great financial success and international fame.

Self-taught as an etcher, James McBey is widely regarded as the leading figure of the British Etching Revival. His work dominated British etching during the early part of the 20th century and the popularity of his prints was without parallel. A single impression of his etching Dawn, The Camel Patrol Setting Out, realised the highest price ever attained for a living etcher’s work in this country when it sold for £445 at auction in 1928. In 1931 James McBey married the American heiress Marguerite Loeb. James Mcbey is often cited as being the most commercially successful Scottish artist between the two World Wars. [more]