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Sir Frank Short

1857 - 1945

Procris and Cephalus by Frank Short

Procris and Cephalus   1885

  Mezzotint with etching after J.M.W. Turner.
Signed in pencil.
Ref: Hardie 6, mezzotint ii/ii
S 323 x 447 mm; P 208 x 281 mm; I 188 x 258 mm
Very good, rich impression; signed proof printed in dark brown ink. From the only published edition of approximately 80 to 100 impressions (see Hardie p.32).

Apart from his original works, Sir Frank Short produced some of the most inspired mezzotint interpretations of the work of earlier masters, in particular, after the works of J.M.W. Turner. Indeed, the greatest undertaking in his printed work was to extend and complete Turner’s Liber Studiorum as it had been projected originally by the great artist. Frank Short recorded that this was the first plate which he attempted in his series of etchings with mezzotint to complete the Liber Studiorum of Turner. In retrospect he felt the etched lines somewhat heavy and the mezzotint ground coarse compared to his later works.

On heavy cream wove paper with full margins and deckle edge. Faint foxing in outer margins only, otherwise excellent original condition.