Hélène (Helen) Formstecher after Frederick James Aldridge
'Making the Harbour'
Double pencil signed proof etching
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'Making The Harbour'
Remarque artists proof etching
after the painting by
Frederick James Aldridge
A fine proof etching which carries the pencil signature of both the original painter and the etcher which signifies the painters approval of the etchers artwork.
Hélene Formstecher; 1838-1874. French artist, she studied under her father, Laguillermie and then Théophile Chauvel. She was a figural and portrait painter and etcher, and specialized in miniatures. This being one of her rarer subjects. She was known to have exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français.
Frederick James Aldridge; 1850-1933, Marine and Landscape painter from Worthing in Sussex. He is internationally reputed for his watercolours, mainly of marine subjects. He was a regular visitor to Cowes Week and exhibited his paintings locally between 1880 and 1901 and also exhibited at the Royal Academy and the Suffolk Street Galleries.
A very fine etching which has retained its excellent colouring, bright and unfaded, with superb textures and plate tone, in a rich dark brown ink, printed on a fine cream chine colle applique, the image measuring approximately 48 cms. x 33 cms. (19 x 13 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression on a wove paper sheet 58 cms. x 44 cms. (23 x 17 ins.)
The sheet carries a 'London Artists Proof' embossed blindstamp and a remarque etching beneath the image.
Unmounted and unframed, the condition of the image and the sheet is good, with edge wear, light foxing and handling marks condusive with age