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William Giles

'Midsummer Night'

Pencil signed proof etching


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Product Code: 141129-2
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'Midsummer Night'

Original zinc aquatint in colours

 pencil signed

William Giles

William Giles; 1872 - 1938, Giles was born in Reading, Berkshire and studied at his local school. Originally using the Japanese traditional colour woodcut method, his later works were more experimental. He was considered the chief exponent of the colour print during the 1920s, and experimented widely, first with aquatint and then with relief printing from zinc plates in an attempt to produce even areas of colour using a combination of six zinc plates coated with shellac. Each plate was inked to produce a single intense colour from the raised areas of its etched surface.

This rare etching has retained its colouring, bright and unfaded, with superb textures and tones in coloured inks, the image measures approximately 24 cms. x 34 cms.(x 13½ ins.)  within a strong platemark and impression.

Printed on a wove paper sheet size 34 cms. x 41 cms.(13½ x 16 ins.) with full margins and deckle edges.

Signed in the image and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin, the sheet also carries a series of Proof embossed blind stamps in the lower margin.

Unframed and unmounted, the condition of the image and sheet is very good with a light water stain to the lower margins, handling marks and edge wear condusive with age.

Cat 141129-2