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an etching by
Robert Ball; 1918-2009, English painter, etcher, printmaker and teacher, born in Birmingham, the son of a silversmith.
Robert studied at the Birmingham College of Arts & Crafts and the Royal College of Art, he also worked as an illustrator and writer for the Birmingham Mail and The Gazette, later to become Principal of Stroud Art College teaching life drawing, anatomy and painting.
During the Second World War he was employed as a draughtsman at Charlesworths.
Robert was said to have been inspired by Rembrandt, Meryon and Brockhurst, his work can be found in various museums and art institutions including The Victoria & Albert Museum, Cheltenham Art Gallery, Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery, The Ashmolean in Oxford and The Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.
He was also a student and teacher at the City of Birmingham University Department of Art and Design in the 1930’s completing the trio of Birmingham Painter etchers; Cowern, Freeth and Ball.
This superb etching is bright and unfaded in black ink, with fine detail and plate tone, the image measuring approximately 13 cms. x 18 cms. (5 x 7 ins.) within a strong platemark and impression, on a wove paper sheet size measuring 22 cms. x 30 cms. (9 x 12 ins.)
Signed and titled with the print number 2 in pencil beneath the image.
Included is a small booklet; 'An Artist Remembers' thoughts and comments on his etchings from Robert, including a catalogue raisonne of his prints, dated 1999, the original purchase receipt and a newspaper cutting from the Echo 1999.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is excellent.