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Mary Annie Sloane

1867 - 1961

Pipewell Gate, Winchelsea by Mary Annie Sloane

Pipewell Gate, Winchelsea   c.1910

  Original soft ground etchings with additional pencil work.
S 260 x 335 mm (approx.); P & I 188 x 252 mm
£420 - the pair
Unique pair of working proof impressions - Mary Annie Sloane's personal working proofs.

One proof is printed in black ink and is extensively worked up in pencil by Mary Annie Sloane with additional shading and detail throughout the image - she has added the full title of 'Pipewell Gate' in pencil beneath the etched word 'Winchelsea'. The other proof is printed and an orange-brown ink. Both have been printed under considerable pressure to show the artist every detail of how her etched work has progressed.

J.M.W. Turner made sketches of Pipewell Gate in preparation for his design of East Gate, Winchelsea which was issued as an etching with mezzotint in his famous Liber Studiorum series. Mary Annie Sloane's close acquaintance Sir Frank Short, who was the most influential teacher of printmaking techniques of the period, worked on a number of etchings at Winchelsea in 1910, making a similar etching of Strand Gate, Winchelsea during the course of that year.

Both soft ground etchings are printed on laid paper with full margins and deckle edges. There is cracking to the platemarks due to the pressure of printing and the pencil-worked black ink proof has other defects. They have been mounted by the artist, using paper tape at the extreme edges of the sheets, on to one of her studio tackboards and were preserved in this state in Mary Annie Sloane's studio.