Rare pencil signed artist’s proof on vellum.
The etched work of the Slocombe brothers, Charles Philip, Edward, and Frederick was highly popular at the end of the nineteenth century. Frederick Albert Slocombe lived in North London and became established as a highly successful painter of landscape and rustic genre, exhibiting widely at the Royal Academy and elsewhere for over fifty years. As an etcher, Frederick Slocombe restricted his original work to naturalistic landscape subjects of which The Birchwood is a fine example; however, he was also an accomplished reproductive printmaker, producing highly finished etchings after the work of Joseph Farquharson, Alfred Parsons, B.W. Leader and others. Most examples of Frederick Slocombe’s original etched works are only known today from mass produced publications such as The Portfolio – pencil signed proofs of this quality are rare.
This especially fine proof on vellum was printed by the master printer of the age, Frederick Goulding.
On smooth cream vellum, with full margins. Discoloured in outer margins and verso due to previous mount. Evidence of old adhesive at extreme edges of sheet, otherwise generally good original condition.