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Jeff Clarke R.E.  
(Born Brighton 1935)

Rooftops, Dieppe

Jeff Clarke at 80 | Exhibition by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee | Rooftops, Dieppe

Rooftops, Dieppe
225 x 185 mm
Etching, 1996.
An artist’s proof. Signed in pencil and annotated Dieppe.
Printed with heavy retroussage, on wove.

£150

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Additional Information about the Print

In 1996 Jeff made a return trip to Dieppe, where he stayed with a friend whose house commanded views over the surrounding rooftops, which provided the motif for several plates (see another example in the Introduction).

Jeff’s previous visit was in 1954 (see the first item in the exhibition), while a student of Cowern at Brighton. Cowern had taught retroussage, a wiping technique promoted by the Parisian printer Delâtre in the early days of the French etching revival, which adds drama by dragging ink against the edges of the intaglio lines, giving a velvety enhancement to the line similar to drypoint burr, in contrast to the sharp clear line resulting from a clean-wiping of the plate .