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Jeff Clarke R.E.  
(Born Brighton 1935)

English Rose, Cretan Vase – Variation in Soft-Ground

Jeff Clarke at 80 | Exhibition by Elizabeth Harvey-Lee | English Rose, Cretan Vase – Variation in Soft-Ground

English Rose, Cretan Vase – Variation in Soft-Ground
246 x 178 mm
Soft-ground etching, 1994.
Signed in pencil. On wove.


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Additional Information about the Print

The vase was purchased from the Fortezza pottery, near Knossos, on one of Jeff’s trips to Crete as archaeological draughtsman.

In 1994 Jeff made several pates that were variations on this motif. (See the previous item for the aquatint.)

Soft-ground etching employs a ground containing more grease so that it does not set hard. A piece of paper is laid over the grounded plate and the design drawn on the paper in pencil or crayon.

The pressure of the pencil lifts the ground, so that acid will be able to bite through. The resulting printed line is softer, retaining the character of the originating pencil line, in comparison with a hard ground etching which is closer to a pen drawn line.