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Robert Charles Goff
Colonel Robert Charles Goff; London, 1837 - 1922. Professional soldier, who joined the army when he was eighteen and retired from the Coldstream Guards in 1878. After that Goff both etched and painted many views in both England and Continental Europe. His distinctive art quickly gained for him an international reputation and he was elected to the Royal Engravers.
Colonel Goff was one of the first British etchers to explore the revolutionary aspects of Whistler's etched art. During the late nineteenth century Whistler's etchings explored modern concerns by hinting and persuading, rather than describing. His almost calligraphic economy of statement caused etchers to explore different avenues of expression.
A very fine drypoint etching which has retained its excellent colouring, bright and unfaded, in dark brown ink with very fine detail, shading and rich intaglio ink lines, the image printed within a strong platemark and impression.
Printed on a paper sheet measuring 13 cms. x 18 cms. (5 x 7 ins.) close trimmed to the platemark and laid to a backing. The mount measuring 30 cms. x 38 cms. (12 x 15 ins.)
Signed in pencil by the artist below the image.
Unframed and mounted within its original bevel edged mount, the condition of the image and sheet good with handling marks condusive with age.Contiental