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Ernest Stephen Lumsden

1883 - 1948

Shiva’s Bull (Benares) by Ernest Stephen Lumsden

Shiva’s Bull (Benares)   1919

  Original etching.
Signed and numbered in pencil.
Ref: Lumsden 179
S 213 x 332 mm; P & I 164 x 275 mm
Very good, strong impression printed in dark brownish-black ink with plate tone. From the sole edition of 50 signed proofs, printed by the artist himself.

One of the group of plates loosely referred to as E.S.Lumsden’s ‘Third Indian and Ladak set’, Shiva’s Bull shows a scene on the banks of the River Ganges, at Benares. This image was derived from the huge mass of material which E.S.Lumsden had drawn during his two visits to India between 1912 and 1914, and during the further four years spent in the Indian army between 1915 and 1919. This carefully observed view is typical of the scenes upon the river front which the artist considered to display the essential spirit of Benares.

On simile Japan paper with full margins and deckle edge. Generally very good original condition.