'Winchester' pencil signed; Col. Robert C. Goff 1893
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Artist pencil signed proof
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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 black ink with very fine detail, shading and rich intaglio ink lines, the image measuring approximately 21 cms. x 13 cms. (8¼ x 5¼ ins.) within a fine but evident platemark and impression.
Printed on wove paper sheet measuring 26 cms. x 18 cms. (10 x 7 ins.)
Signed in the image and in pencil by the artist below the image.
Unframed and unmounted the condition of the image and sheet is very good with handling marks condusive with age.