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Percival Gaskell

1868 - 1934

Low Tide by Percival Gaskell

Low Tide   1927

  Original aquatint
Signed in pencil.
S 369 x 516 mm; P & I 187 x 352 mm
Original Percival Gaskell aquatint.

Particularly fine impression of this panoramic aquatint. From the only edition of 150 signed proofs.

Low Tide displays Gaskell's painterly skill in the use of the aquatint medium. The smooth contours of the damp sand at low tide, with its few remaining patches of seawater, have been portrayed to marvellous effect by this master of technique. Aquatint is a highly skilled process which involves the painting of a grounded plate, in stages, with an acid resistant substance. At each stage the plate is bathed in acid and a given section of the image bitten so that it will print with a darker tone. It requires considerable skill to create the subtle variations of light and shade which Percival Gaskell has produced in this remarkable print.

Percival Gaskell's highly naturalistic landscapes, possess an exceptionally open, solitary air. Low Tide is one of his few aquatints to be peopled in any way — here, a figure is seen digging in the sand for bait, whilst his dog stands nearby.

On warm white wove paper with full margins and deckle edge. Some very mild foxing in outer margins of sheet, otherwise very fine original condition.