[Shepherd and family in the hills]
Etching on india with very large margins, platemark 120 x 155mm (4¾ x 6"). Uncut sheet. Slightly foxed.
One of few etchings by landscape and history painter James Clarke Hook (1819-1907). Hook joined the Etching Club in 1850 (the same year as Samuel Palmer became a member) and this scene is taken from a portfolio published by the club in 1857. The agricultural setting of a shepherd, his family and flock, demonstrates Hook's particular interest in rural labour (he was also drawn to seascapes showing fishermen and -women at work). Although his name has fallen into obscurity, Hook's work was admired by Baudelaire and Ruskin, and art historian Tim Barringer claims that 'his best work bears comparison with the marine paintings of the celebrated nineteenth-century American painter Winslow Homer' (DNB).
[Ref: 35908] £75.00