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Leonard Griffiths Brammer


View of Pot Banks by Leonard Griffiths Brammer

View of Pot Banks   1933

  Original etching.
Signed in pencil.
S 194 x 258 mm; P & I 174 x 250 mm
Original L.G. Brammer etching.

Outstanding impression from the only edition of 35 signed proofs. An especially rich, dark impression. The density of the weave of etched lines in L.G. Brammer's works requires fastidious attention in printing of his plates - this particular impression, with the interplay of light created by the tiny white areas of paper left sparkling between the dense network of lines attests to the care which Brammer exercised when printing his plates.

Leonard Griffiths Brammer’s passion for the industrial landscape of his native Burslem and the Five Towns, coupled with his knowledge of the working potteries gives his etchings a powerful realism apparent in this image. This etching accords perfectly with Brammer’s own recollections of the area, written for the Journal of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers: “To me the Five Towns landscape of those days, though grim and starkly foreboding, was full of beauty created by the rich and lovely forms of oven and kiln, the texture of tile and brick, the pattern of roofs and buildings, and the peculiar effect of light and shadow over the Potteries at that time”.

An alternative title sometimes used for this etching is Factory on the Hill, Middleport, Burslem.

On cream wove paper, with margins. Very good original condition as mounted for exhibition by the artist himself. Image surface excellent.