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Ernest Stephen Lumsden

1883 - 1948

The "Figure of Eight" by Ernest Stephen Lumsden

The "Figure of Eight"   1909

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Lumsden 78
S 205 x 268 mm; P & I 150 x 217 mm
Excellent impression from the only edition of 40 signed proofs, printed by the artist himself.

Lumsden's etching shows the "Figure of Eight" roller coaster at Fun City beside Portobello beach in Edinburgh in 1909. Founded by the Codona family at the turn of the century, Fun City was the first permanent amusement park in Scotland. The Codona's were an Italian circus family who had come from Italy to Scotland in the early 19th century and toured the country as entertainers. The family operated two roller coasters during the first decades of the twentieth century; the "Figure of Eight" was located at Fun City and the other travelled Scotland visiting various towns and cities in turn.

Ernest Stephen Lumsden was a Scot by descent and adoption, though not by birth, and Edinburgh was his home town. Long before he began his extensive travels to India and beyond, E.S.Lumsden established himself as one of the rising stars of the Etching Revival through highly accomplished works of his local Scottish landscape.

On simile Japan paper with full margins and deckle edge. Very fine original condition.