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Joseph Stannard

1797 – 1830

Exterior of Cottage with Figures by Joseph Stannard

Exterior of Cottage with Figures   c.1826

  Original etching.
Signed and dated in the plate.
Ref: Bolingbroke 7
S 152 x 229 mm; P & I 137 x 215 mm
Excellent impression of this rare original etching by Joseph Stannard – beautifully printed with crisp, clear line.

There is a distinctly Flemish feel to the enchanting etchings of Joseph Stannard. As one of the youngest members of the Norwich School of artists (he began to exhibit with them at the age of 14) Stannard developed a precision of line which was to make his etchings stand out as some of the most sensitive to come from this important School. Despite the brevity of his life, he developed a highly refined etching technique and is known to have instructed his neighbour and fellow artist E.T. Daniell in the art of etching.

This highly detailed coastal scene of a fisherman’s cottage at Trowse shares the plein air naturalism which is the hallmark of all Norwich School etchings. Martin Hardie, when addressing the Print Collectors’ Club, remarked that he regarded Stannard as “a little master who has been too much hidden under the shadow of his Norwich contemporaries… Joseph Stannard, appears to deserve greater admiration, greater permanence than he has hitherto won”. Only twelve original etchings by Joseph Stannard are known, all of which are now scarce.

On warm white India paper, applied to original cream wove backing sheet, with small margins. Backing sheet time toned in margins and verso, otherwise generally good original condition.