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Ian Fleming

  1906 - 1994
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Comment 16 sold

Comment 16   1978

Original etching with aquatint.

Special artist’s proof impression, aside from the normal edition.


Spanish Village sold

Spanish Village   c.1928

Original drypoint.

Very good signed proof impression of this scarce early work, with rich drypoint burr.


Hellish Symphony sold

Hellish Symphony   c.1940

Original etching.

Superb signed proof impression with clear line and strong contrast, printed under considerable pressure on strong ‘plate’ paper. The number ‘1’ proof from the intended edition of 30 impressions.


Air Raid Shelter sold

Air Raid Shelter   c.1940

Original etching.

Outstanding signed proof impression printed under considerable pressure on strong ‘plate’ paper.



The Glasgow etcher, Ian Fleming, was trained in printmaking by Charles Murray, Malcolm Osborne and Robert Sargent Austin. Ian Fleming’s youth caused him to arrive on the etching scene after the market had collapsed and, as a result, this talented printmaker’s work has never been fully catalogued. Having begun with distinctly individual topographical drypoints and line engravings, Ian Fleming’s work became increasingly independent and modernistic as his career progressed. His Second World War etchings marked a pronounced move away from purely topographical scenes of everyday life towards evermore unusual viewpoints and sometimes symbolic content. After the war Fleming moved towards a more minimal modern style, though elements of Celtic symbolism remain apparent throughout much of his later work. A significant and influential teacher of art, Ian Fleming is fast becoming regarded as one of the most significant Scottish etchers of his period. [more]