Venetian Night - JAMES MCBEY
Etching, 1925, Hardie/Carter 254; edition 81 plus 18 trial proofs. 10 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed and numbered in ink. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on a greenish blue paper with the top edge irregular. The sheet was originally bound into a book or volume of some kind. The margins are modest but this appears to be the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine apart from a slight mat line from an early mat opening. This memorable work is one of McBey's very best prints and it's a landmark image for early 20th century British printmaking. Venetian Night is illustrated on page 65 of Great Images of British Printmaking by Raymond Lister (1978).
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