[Chain of Alps from Grenoble to Chamberis.]
London, Published Novr. 1st. 1887, by Robt. Dunthorne at The Rembrandt Head, in Vigo Street.
Etching with mezzotint in sepia on india paper, 215 x 290mm. 8½ x 11½". A good impression, with full margins. Very slight foxing.
An evocative view in the Swiss Alps by Sir Frank Short RA PRE (1857 - 1945), one of the most important late Victorian exponents of the etching revival. He was both a reproductive and an original printmaker and also a noted teacher, holding the post of head of the engraving school at the Royal College of Art. From 'Selections from the Liber studiorum of J.M.W. Turner, R. A., for artists, art students, and amateurs : a drawing-book suggested by the writings of Mr. Ruskin...' (London: Blackie, 1890). Turner's 'Mountainous' subjects were the particular favourites of the Victorian art critic John Ruskin, who did more than anyone else to champion the virtues of the Liber as a drawing book for artists in the nineteenth century. Ruskin saw close study of the Liber as a means of training the young artist to see and draw what was true to nature.
See National Art Library (V&A Museum) 71.B.35. Hardie: 7. ii/ii.
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