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James McBey

1883 - 1959

The White Palace by James McBey

The White Palace   1930

  Original etching.
Signed and numbered in ink; further inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Hardie/Carter 246
S 405 x 271 mm; P & I 367 x 215 mm
Original etching by James McBey.

Beautiful signed proof impression printed in brownish-black ink. A truly fabulous impression printed with considerable plate tone, from the only edition of 80 signed and numbered proofs. Inscribed by the artist in pencil “best”.

The Venetian plates of James McBey were the consummation of his career as an etcher and were to be his last major achievement in the medium. Venice challenged his needle to work wonders which were to surpass even the finest of his plates in their passion and energy. Produced at the peak of his abilities and at the height of the etching boom, the etchings which he produced of this city stand with the masterpieces of his printed work and remain amongst the most sought after works of the British Etching Revival.

The White Palace is regarded as one of the finest of McBey’s brilliant Venetian etchings. Based on a sketch made in September 1925, it is both the most architectural and the most Whistlerian of James McBey’s Venice plates.

On antique laid paper, with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition. Image surface excellent.