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David Charles Read

1790 – 1851

Shirley Common by David Charles Read

Shirley Common   1830

  Original etching with touches of drypoint.
Ref: Read 63 ii/ii (no.44 in 1832 catalogue)
S 86 x 182 mm; P & I  81 x 177 mm
Beautiful proof impression with delicate plate tone, the touches of drypoint printing with fresh burr. A presentation proof given by the artist to the Earl of Pembroke.

The archetypal D.C. Read pastoral landscape, this view shows Shirley Common near Southampton before it fell victim to the relentless spread of residential development. On very fine wove paper, with thread margins. Tipped at corners to original backing sheet, as prepared by the artist himself. Faintest suggestion of foxing at left edge of sheet, otherwise very fine original condition.