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Gwen May

Milking Shed by Gwen May

Milking Shed   c.1930

  Original etching.
Signed and titled in pencil.
S 336 x 232 mm; P & I 260 x 200 mm
Very good signed proof impression with strong etched line.

The highly accomplished etchings of Gwen May are seldom found today. Her subjects range from views of Holland Park Mews to deeply rural subjects such as Milking Shed. Aside from her few London views, she is known to have worked extensively in and around the areas of Stratford-upon-Avon and Mousehole in Cornwall; she also travelled to Spain and Portugal in search of subjects for her plates. Gwen May was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers and an accomplished wood engraver and watercolourist, exhibiting at the Royal Academy regularly in the pre-war years. A commemorative award for etching and engraving named after Gwen May is presented every year at the National Print Exhibition. This beautifully handled etching of Milking Shed is the most elaborate of her fine rural plates.

On cream wove paper with full margins. One small and totally unobtrusive varnish spot at lower right corner, otherwise very fine original condition.