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William Lee-Hankey

1869 - 1952

The Alhambra, Granada by William Lee-Hankey

The Alhambra, Granada   1906

  Original etching and aquatint, printed in colours.
Inscribed in pencil and signed in the plate with the artist’s monogram.
Hardie 36 – colour print XXII.
S 336 x 407 mm; P & I 252 x 292 mm
One of only 6 or 8 proofs printed in colours, inscribed by the artist in pencil “No.3 The Alhambra”. 15 proofs were printed in black ink alone.
Very good impression, printed in tones of blue, green, brown and black inks.

William Lee-Hankey was an innovative experimenter in colour printmaking techniques. He also experimented with various methods of aquatint and textile grounds, often blended, or used in conjunction with a bitten line, always in search of a fuller tonality. In this plate depicting the ancient Moorish palace of the Alhambra, in Spain, W.Lee-Hankey has combined the techniques of etching and aquatint printed with hand applied colours to produce a haunting moolit scene.

On pale cream wove paper, with full margins, as issued. Very fine condition.