Frank W. Goolden; Manchester 1909
‘The Manchester Infirmary'
Signed Open Letter Proof
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‘The Royal Infirmary’
Original open letter Proof etching
Frederick W. Goolden
This atmospheric print of Manchester's former Royal Infirmary evokes a rainy day in the city. The hospital was demolished and fully removed from this location in 1914. The former site of the hospital is now known as Piccadilly Gardens, the central hub of Manchester's public transport system. Goolden has achieved the look of freshly rained upon streets by using gently etched horizontal lines to create reflections upon the surface of the road.
An 'open letter proof' would be printed after a 'proof before letters' which has a finished image, but no lettering, the open letter proof has only the outline of block letters, and would have been printed in a very limited edition with the final version of the print looking exactly the same, except with the letters filled in and other publication information added.
Frederick W. Goolden; English artist and etcher flourished; 1908-1919.
A superb etching, which is sharp, bright and unfaded with fine black intaglio ink lines, and plate toning, the image measures 44 cms. x 25 cms. (17 x 10 ins.) within a strong plate mark and impression, laid to a backing.
Printed on medium wove paper sheet size 49 cms. x 33 cms. (19 x 13 ins.)
Signed by the artist and dated in the image.
Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good, with handling marks condusive with age.