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JAN WIERIX, Antwerp 1549 – c1620 Brussels. Dürer’s Knight Death and the Devil. Engraving, 1564. <GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI, Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome. Title plate to the Carceri d’Invenzione. Original etching, c1745-65. This print is for sale, priced £3000 MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY, Newcastle upon Tyne 1837 – 1888 London. A Collier in Bristol Harbour. Original etching, 1890. This print is for sale, priced £100
MUIRHEAD BONE, Glasgow 1876 – 1953 Oxford. Repairing the auld brig, Ayr, No 1. Original drypoint, 1909. This print is for sale, priced £400 J T MEAGHER. Still life on a table top. Original three-colour lithograph, 1957. This print is for sale, priced £100 BRUNO GORLATO A.R.E. Born Padua 1940. I Luoghi dell’Illusione. Original etching and aquatint, 2009. This print is for sale, priced £150

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JAN WIERIX, Antwerp 1549 – c1620 Brussels. Dürer’s Knight Death and the Devil. Engraving, 1564.

JAN WIERIX
Antwerp 1549 – c1620 Brussels

Jan, or Johannes, was the eldest of the three precocious Wierix brothers. Jan was only twelve years old when he made his first copy of a Dürer engraving, proudly announcing his age on the print. He was only three years older when he copied Dürer’s Knight, Death and the Devil in 1564.

As a journeyman he entered the employment of Christophe Plantin in 1569. Plantin later complained of the disorderly behaviour of the young Wierixs who drank and got into debt, pawning their tools which he had to redeem. Perhaps Jan’s behaviour improved when he was admitted a Master in the Antwerp Guild of St Luke in 1572.

Dürer’s Knight Death and the Devil
Mauquoy-Hendrickx 1484 ii/iv;
New Hollstein1996 ii/iv
245 x 187 mm
Engraving, 1564.
The plate dated and ‘signed’ with Wierix’s age Æ 15 (aged 15).
A copy in reverse omitting Dürer’s monogram.
A very good impression, before the addition of any addresses.
On paper watermarked with a castellated Gateway.
Trimmed to the plate.
Several repairs, mainly to the sheet edges.
The top right and lower left corners made up.

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Dürer himself referred to this subject only as Reuter (Rider).

Writing in admiration of Dürer’s engraving in 1550 Vasari characterized it as a depiction of human fortitude. Sandart in 1657 called it “The great Christian Knight”.

Erasmus’ Enchiridion militis christiani (Handbook of the Christian Knight), which Dürer probably knew from either the 1502 or 1509 editions, stipulates that every Christian must be a soldier in the service God, traversing the rough path of life on earth, fortified by the weapons given by his faith.

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GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI, Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome. Title plate to the Carceri d’Invenzione. Original etching, c1745-65. This print is for sale, priced £3000

GIOVANNI BATTISTA PIRANESI
Mozzano di Mestre 1720 – 1778 Rome

Among Piranesi’s earliest plates, c1745, were the first states of fourteen of the Carceri.

Capricci inventions, related to his Venetian origins and early theatrical stage training, they were published by Bouchard & Gravier in the 1740’s.

Early in the 1760’s and in the following years Piranesi reworked the plates extensively through a succession of states, influenced by his response to Roman architecture, making them darker, and introducing dramatic new motifs related to punishment and torture, into their composition. He etched two further plates and published the series with the title Carceri d’Invenzione (Imaginary Prisons).

Of his architectural fantasies, Piranesi commented

The speaking ruins have filled my spirit with images that accurate drawings could never have succeeded in conveying.

Title plate to the Carceri d’Invenzione
Pl. I Carceri; Robison 29 v/vi
542 x 414 mm
Original etching, c1745-65.
The plate signed.
A lifetime impression, on heavy laid Bracciano paper watermarked with a lily in a double circle with B above (Robison 36) dating from the mid-1760’s to early 1770’s.
Usual horizontal central fold, supported verso.
Time-stained around the plate edges.

£3000

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MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY, Newcastle upon Tyne 1837 – 1888 London. A Collier in Bristol Harbour. Original etching, 1890. This print is for sale, priced £100

MATTHEW WHITE RIDLEY
Newcastle upon Tyne 1837 – 1888 London

A marine painter and etcher, Ridley was a fellow student of Whistler in Paris in the 1850’s and joined the Société des Aquafortistes when it was founded in Paris in 1862.

In the 1880’s he set up his own art school in London and was much appreciated as a teacher. After his death his students formed themselves into The Ridley Art Club.

Ridley had plates published in The Portfolio, The Etcher and other art journals.

A Collier in Bristol Harbour
177 x 227 mm
Original etching, published by The Art Union of London 1890.
The plate signed.
On stout wove.

£100

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MUIRHEAD BONE, Glasgow 1876 – 1953 Oxford. Repairing the auld brig, Ayr, No 1. Original drypoint, 1909. This print is for sale, priced £400

MUIRHEAD BONE
Glasgow 1876 – 1953 Oxford

A classic and important figure in the Modern British Etching Boom, Bone attended evening classes at Glasgow School of Art while training to be an architect, 1890-94. Architecture remained an important theme when he became a full time graphic artist and illustrator.

Bone was self-taught as an etcher, experimenting from 1898 with drypoint with his friend and fellow student Francis Dodd, whose sister he married five years later, 1903.

Bone settled in London in 1901. In 1904 he was a founding member of the graphic art-orientated Society of Twelve.

Repairing the auld brig, Ayr, No 1
Campbell Dodgson 259
291 x 252 mm
Original drypoint, 1909.
Signed in pencil.
Forty proofs in all were printed through the eight states of the plate.
A fine impression, printed with selective plate tone, on japan.

£400

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J T MEAGHER. Still life on a table top. Original three-colour lithograph, 1957. This print is for sale, priced £100

J T MEAGHER

Still life on a table top
285 x 335 mm
Original three-colour lithograph, 1957.
Signed in ink and dated.
On wove.

£100

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BRUNO GORLATO A.R.E. Born Padua 1940. I Luoghi dell’Illusione. Original etching and aquatint, 2009. This print is for sale, priced £150

BRUNO GORLATO A.R.E.
Born Padua 1940

Bruno studied architecture at Venice University and worked in town planning before devoting himself to painting, etching and teaching. He has just been elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers.

I Luoghi dell’Illusione
176 x 130 mm
Original etching and aquatint, 2009.
Artist’s proof. Signed in pencil, dated and entitled.
On Fabriano wove paper.
With the artist’s blindstamp in the lower margin.

£150

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