Joseph Simpson; 'The Fur Cap' 1925
'The Fur Cap'
Artist pencil signed etching
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Product Code: 160829-2
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'The Fur Cap'
an original limited edition etching
Joseph Simpson; 1879-1939, painter and etcher of portraits and sporting subjects, born in Carlisle, studied art at Glasgow School of Art and was a close friend of D.Y.Cameron. In 1918 he became an official war artist for the RAF and was stationed in France. Simpson was already forty-five when he took up etching in 1925. His first etched plates were etched with a gramophone needle and printed by the artist himself on the small press lent to him. His bold and vigorous method of etching, combined with strong diagonal shadings made his art distinct amongst British etchers. English critics compared his etchings to those of the great Swedish master, Anders Zorn. His first exhibition of etchings took place in Glasgow at Wishart Brown in March 1926. His friend Brangwyn wrote the catalogue introduction.
Simpson exhibited in Munich, Venice, Florence & Stockholm.
This superb and rare etching has bright, crisp and unfaded colouring in dark brown ink with rich raised intaglio ink lines, the image measuring approximately 13 cms. x 15 cms. (5¼ x 6 ins) within a strong platemark and impression.
Printed on a laid paper sheet size 28 cms. x 36 cms. (11 x 14 ins.)
Signed by the artist in pencil below the image.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and the sheet is good with an overall toning and handling marks condusive with age.