Etching with large margins, rare. 1st state of 100 proofs. This is the second state of 25 proofs. Platemark: 540 x 800mm (21¼ x 31½").
The Valentre Bridge, located in Cahors in the south of France, is sometimes considered the finest and most well-preserved bridge in Europe. In addition, it has become perhaps the most historically fabled of the many famous 'Devil's Bridges.' These bridges, most of them located in France and Switzerland, were built under such challenging conditions that the builders' efforts were later hailed as heroic. Legends and folk tales describe pacts made by passing travelers with the Devil in order to cross the precariously located bridges. Building of the Valentre Bridge began in 1308 and ended in 1378, with restoration by Paul Gout in 1879. Upon finishing the restoration, Gout had a devil's head carved into the top of the central tower as a reminder of the legend. Frank William Brangwyn (1867 - 1956) was one of the most influential etchers of the early twentieth century, and had already established his reputation as a major painter and watercolourist before he attempted his first etching in 1900. He was drawn to the many possibilities of this medium and by 1926 had completed 331 original etchings. Most of Brangwyn's art concentrated upon figure studies, architectural and marine subjects.
Fine Art Society: 178 II of II.
[Ref: 36493] £850.00