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William Strang

  1859 – 1921
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Milton’s <i>Paradise Lost</i>

Milton’s Paradise Lost   1895

Original etchings and one mezzotint.

The complete set of 12 original prints, the folio numbered in ink from the edition of 150 sets. First issue as published for the artist by John C. Nimmo, London, 1896.


The Belfry of Bruges sold

The Belfry of Bruges   1898

Original etching with drypoint.

One of only about 6 signed proofs printed from the completed plate before the printing of the normal, unsigned edition for the set entitled Ten Illustrations to ‘Western Flanders’ by Laurence Binyon and William Strang.


The Hospital of St. John, Bruges sold

The Hospital of St. John, Bruges   1912

Original etching.

One of only about 20 signed proofs ever printed from this plate.


The Fisherman sold

The Fisherman   1908

Original drypoint.

Rich impression with strong, fresh drypoint burr.
One of only about 30 signed proof impressions printed from the completed plate.


The Fallen Cross sold

The Fallen Cross   1895

Original etching.

Excellent impression with particularly strong, clear etched line. One of only about 30 signed proof impressions printed in the completed state of the plate.


The Earth Fiend

The Earth Fiend   1892

Original etchings, mezzotints and one drypoint.

The complete set of 11 proofs, each signed by William Strang and by the master printer Frederick Goulding. One of only 55 sets printed, numbered and signed by both the artist and his printer. From the collection of the etcher J.P. Heseltine.

A truly superb set of outstanding proof impressions.


Bread upon the Waters sold

Bread upon the Waters   1900

Original etching and aquatint.

Very fine impression from the collections of the two great printmakers Stanley Anderson and Robert Sargent Austin. Inscribed by Anderson in pencil.
One of 100 large paper impressions issued in the portfolio entitled Thirty Illustrations to Rudyard Kipling’s Short Stories, published by Macmillan & Co. in 1901.


Adam taught it to his Sons

Adam taught it to his Sons   1902

Original etching.

Very good impression, as issued for Izaak Walton’s The Compleat Angler, published by Freemantle & Co. in 1902.

Provenance: From the personal collection of the artist and printmaker, Robert S. Austin.



William Strang produced one of the most significant bodies of original etched work by any Scottish artist of the period. Sometimes symbolic and often dour to the point of being macabre, his work is distinguished by a sense of realism, its solid compositions and its confident handling. Noted for its technical excellence, William Strang’s work has always been admired by both artists and critics alike; it continues to be amongst the most sought after of all Scottish original prints. [more]