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William E.C. Morgan

1903 - 1979

Anticoli by William E.C. Morgan

Anticoli   1927

  Original etching and line engraving.
Signed, titled, numbered and dated in pencil.
S 263 x 403 mm; P & I 192 x 309 mm
Very good impression from the only edition of 50 signed and numbered proofs.

Anticoli is one of William E.C. Morgan’s earlier works, engraved whilst living in Italy after winning his Prix de Rome scholarship. Morgan has chosen to depict the ancient Italian hill town of Anticoli Corrado from a distance to show its setting amongst the Sabine Hills with the mountains of the Abruzzi beyond. Situated about 35 miles northeast of Rome, Anticoli was a favourite with British artists due to its dramatic setting, the picturesque nature of its buildings, its famous winding series of steps, and its proximity to Rome where the British School was based.

W.E.C. Morgan produced only four known pure etchings; however, he began a number of his larger line engravings as etchings. Anticoli is one of the most elaborate of his Italian landscapes to be produced in this combined manner and the result is quite different in its appearance from his other works of the period.

Although an edition of 50 impressions of this engraving was declared at 4 guineas a-piece, impressions appear to be scarce today.

On cream laid paper with full margins and deckle edges. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.