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Ernest Stephen Lumsden

1883 - 1948

The Shrine by Ernest Stephen Lumsden

The Shrine   1922

  Original etching.
Signed and numbered in ink.
Ref: Lumsden 246 vi/vi
S 428 x 328 mm; P & I  378 x 275 mm
Excellent, strong impression, carefully wiped to create dramatic chiaroscuro. One of only 50 signed and numbered proofs issued in the sole edition.

The ancient cities and temples of India provided the inspiration for E.S.Lumsden’s finest etched works. Widely travelled, especially throughout the orient, E.S.Lumsden produced 348 recorded plates. The Shrine stands as one of the most dramatic of these beautifully observed topographical etchings. Lumsden was especially moved by the solemn magnificence of the Tibetan monasteries of Ladak – and here we see the fruit of this inspiration. Worked in much more detail than the majority of E.S.Lumsden’s etched plates, The Shrine remains the outstanding monumental interior to emerge from his so-called ‘Third Indian and Ladak Set’.

On cream laid paper, watermarked Stacey Wise 1885, with full margins and deckle edge. Evidence of previous mounting at extreme edges of sheet, otherwise generally very good original condition.