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Edgar Holloway

1914 - 2008

Llanthony Tertia, Capel-y-ffin by Edgar Holloway

Llanthony Tertia, Capel-y-ffin   1970

  Original etching.
Signed and inscribed in pencil.
Ref: Meyrick 161 i/ii.
S 315 x 257 mm; P & I 226 x 151 mm
Original Edgar Holloway etching.

Excellent impression in the first state of the plate, before the rectangular window in the centre was more clearly defined, the rays of light extended, the source of light made more brilliant and before the figure was introduced.
Signed and inscribed in pencil by Edgar Holloway “1st state”.

One of only 8 proofs printed in the first state of this striking etching.
Llanthony Tertia, Capel-y-ffin is one of the few works by Edgar Holloway which could be described as ‘visionary’ in nature and is regarded by many as one of his most important plates.

“The original monastery foundations of Llanthony Priory in the Vale of Ewyas date back to the 12th century but Llanthony Prima was ransacked after 100 years. (The monks were the moved on to Gloucestershire where they founded Llanthony Secunda.) Four miles up the valley the Reverend Joseph Leycester Lyne (Father Ignatius, the Anglican clergyman, established the modern abbey in 1870 in a field where he later claimed to have seen a vision of the Virgin Mary. His monastery, designed by Charles Buckeridge in the popular gothic revival style, came to be known as Llanthony Tertia. Llanthony is an abbreviation of the welsh 'Llandewi nant Honddu' - the Church of St David on the Honddu stream. Father Ignatius died in 1908 and the monastery was not used until 1924 when Eric Gill sought the permission of the Benedictine monks on Caldey Island to establish a community of craftsmen at Capel-y-finn. A small number of craftsmen joined him from the Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic, Ditchling but he was never to establish a guild at Capel.” (R. Meyrick, The Etchings and Engravings of Edgar Holloway, Scolar Press, 1996, p.82).

On cream laid paper with full margins and deckle edge. Excellent original condition.