Very fine impression of this rare self-portrait of the artist beside his printing press. Inscribed by the artist in pencil “State. 2. Imp. 5.”, also signed with initials and dated “Jan. 1925” in reverse in the plate. One of only five proofs pulled from this plate in total.
The year in which William Larkins made this self-portrait was to be the year in which he produced some of his greatest etched works, including East End Night and the well-known Roadmen. Sketch of Self and Press is an extraordinarily minimal treatment of a subject which is normally expressed in great detail by other artists – yet all of the essential elements are there. Larkins is seen at work on this etching plate, his bottle of acid beside him, his press behind – no further detail was required.
On cream laid paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Pinholes made by the artist around edges of sheet; very fine original condition.