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Robin Tanner

1904 - 1988

February by Robin Tanner

February   1974

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Garton 32 ii/ii
S 498 x 325 mm; P & I 260 x 162 mm
Original Robin Tanner etching.

Excellent impression with strong, crisp etched line. From the sole edition of only 25 signed proofs, printed by Robin Tanner himself and published by Garton & Cooke in 1984.

Robin Tanner was the last of the generation of English etchers to continue the traditions of Samuel Palmer, Graham Sutherland and F.L.M. Griggs. Robin Tanner celebrated the beauty of the English countryside and all things rustic in an idyllic pastoral manner unique in his time. His is the supremely crafted plate, developed through elaborate care and attention, and worked with a dense web of etched lines through which the light of the paper is allowed to sparkle. The density of this etched web is used to control the varying tones and create the final image.

This beautiful study of the early Spring flowers which appear towards the end of February, together with the last vestiges of winter, is an outstanding example of Robin Tanner’s meticulous craftsmanship. It represents the work of perhaps the last British etcher to continue in the true spirit of the tradition which Samuel Palmer established over a century ago.

Although begun in 1974, Robin Tanner did not complete this etching and produced few proofs from the plate until 1984 when the sole edition of only 25 signed proofs was published. These proofs which he selected and signed, rather than the few discarded trials, are the finest examples of this particular etching.

On pale cream wove BFK Rives paper with full margins and deckle edge. Excellent original condition.