Very fine signed proof impression with beautiful clarity of line, from the only edition of signed proofs.
This exquisite miniature engraving more than justifies Albert Garrett’s tribute to the brilliant works of George Mackley: “George Mackley is a phenomenon in British engraving. A few square centimetres of Mackley is more highly charged with aesthetic energy, emotion and precision than many artists can muster in a lifetime… He could not tolerate bad or weak craftsmanship under any circumstances… Mackley’s art will be studied for its mystery, vision and skill well into the future.” (A History of Wood Engraving, Bloomsbury Books, London, 1986, p. 223).
On smooth cream wove paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Some time tone to sheet, otherwise very good original condition.