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Mary Annie Sloane

1867 - 1961

[Willow Trees at Sunset] by Mary Annie Sloane

[Willow Trees at Sunset]   1902

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
S 269 x 353 mm; P & I 201 x 279 mm
Very good signed proof impression, printed with plate tone.

The title of this elaborate etching is unknown; however, there is a clear sense of sadness throughout the image which speaks of things passing away. An elderly woman stands, head bowed, resting upon her stick, beside the willow trees - a grave marked by a simple cross lies beyond whilst the setting sun touches the distant horizon. A tiny kingfisher sits just above the water on the lower branches of the willow tree, reflecting the old lady's pose. Far from being a simple landscape, this is a deeply emotive scene imbued with sorrow and reminiscence.

On dark cream laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Minor unobtrusive foxing and a few small marginal defects consistent with age, otherwise generally good original condition.