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Sir David Young Cameron

1865 - 1945

St. Laumer, Blois by David Young Cameron

St. Laumer, Blois   1903

  Original etching with drypoint.
Signed and titled in pencil.
Ref: Rinder 352 i-ii/iii
S 399 x 202 mm; P & I 376 x 189 mm
Original D.Y. Cameron etching with drypoint.

Exceptional signed proof impression between Rinder’s 1st and 2nd states (of three), printed in dark brown ink with considerable plate tone. A particularly striking example, prior to the introduction of any drypoint work above the shadow to the right of the right hand figure.

This powerful church interior achieves a sense of mystery with its dark, deeply-worked vault emphasizing the figure of the cross. Selective use of drypoint has given a variety and subtelty to the rich black areas of shadow. The sharp contrast created by the light foreground area adds to the dramatic mood of this impressive work.

The building of this church was begun in 1138 by Benedictine monks to receive the remains of Saint Laumer, a pious anchorite who died at Chartres in the sixth century.

On cream laid paper with full margins. Mild time tone with mat window area, otherwise very good original condition.