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Arthur Briscoe

1873 – 1943

Caulking by Arthur Briscoe

Caulking   1928

  Original etching.
Signed and numbered in ink.
Ref: Laver 126; Hurst 228
S 219 x 344 mm; P & I 177 x 290 mm
Original Arthur Briscoe etching.

Excellent impression with strong etched line; from the only edition of 75 signed and numbered proofs.

‘Caulking’ is the operation of driving oakum between the planks of a ship’s deck using a caulking mallet and a blunt chisel-like implement called a caulking iron. After the oakum has been rammed home, the deck seams are ‘payed’ with molten pitch to make them water-tight. Caulking can only be done in fair weather, hence the bright sunshine and strong shadows seen in Arthur Briscoe’s etching.

On laid paper with elaborate armorial watermark, with full margins and deckle edge. Uniform time tone within mat window area recto and verso. Mild foxing verso only, not visible recto; otherwise very good original condition.