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James McBey

1883 - 1959

The Amstel by James McBey

The Amstel   1910

  Original etching with touches of drypoint.
Signed and numbered in ink.
Hardie 81
S 158 x 197 mm; P & I 99 x 176 mm
Excellent proof impression, printed with particular clarity, from the only edition of 40 signed and numbered proofs. Scarce.

In July 1910, with only a few pounds in his pocket, James McBey left the bank at which he worked in Aberdeen and embarked on his first great adventure, setting sail for Holland – the land of Rembrandt. This first trip abroad was to produce 21 etched plates, loosely termed ‘the Dutch set’, although they were never released as a continuous group. Drawn by McBey in September 1910, this splendid work evokes the true spirit of Rembrandt's etchings, showing the River Amstel at Oudekirk with its moored boats overlooked by the local windmill. The twin spires of the city can just be seen in the distance towards the right of the image.

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