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Vernon Hill

1887 - 1953

West Wind by Vernon Hill

West Wind   c.1929

  Original etching.
S 197 x 158 mm; P & I 85 x 58 mm
Original Vernon Hill etching.

Exceptionally heavily printed trial proof impression.

A particularly clear impression displaying every etched detail of the freshly completed plate. The artist has printed this trial proof with the plate thoroughly inked and under considerable pressure from the press, in order to bring out the detail of every line and mark insized into the plate’s surface. As a result of this, the paper of the print itself has been stretched to produce pronounced raised distortions across the area where the image has been printed. Artists such as Whistler and Griggs would trim heavily printed impressions of this sort to the platemark, allowing flattening of the sheet after printing.

This powerful allegorical etching is one of the most dynamic of Vernon Hill’s printed works. Rarely has any British etcher interpreted one of the ancient elements of this world, in figurative terms, with such force.

On cream laid paper with full margins and uneven deckle edge. Very fine original condition.