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The Feminine Touch
A Selection of Prints
currently in stock by Women Artists

Diana of Mantua, Borth of John the Baptist Gabrielle de Vaux Clements, Church in France Mily Possoz, A Renaissance Dream Laura Knight, Powder and Paint. This original etching has been sold Eileen Soper, The Stray, 1924
Louisa Larking, The Mysterious House Elizabeth Blackadder, Abyssinian Cat Brenda Harthill, Silver Spirit Land

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Diana of Mantua, Borth of John the Baptist

Attributed to DIANA OF MANTUA
Mantua c1547 – 1612 Rome

In his Vite (Lives of the Artists), 1566, Vasari exclaims that not only does the Mantuan sculptor and engraver Giovanni Battista (Scultori) have a son (Adamo) and a pupil (Giorgio Ghisi) who are both excellent engravers but “even more astonishing a daughter called Diana, who engraves so well that it is a thing to marvel at; and I who saw her, a very gentle and gracious girl, and her works which are most beautiful, and was struck with amazement”. Diana would then have been about nineteen and employed in her father’s workshop at the Gonzaga court in Mantua.

The Birth of John the Baptist is based on drawings by Giulio Romano and his school, court painters at Mantua, and was therefore presumably engraved at Mantua before Diana left the city in 1575 to settle in Rome with her husband the architect Francesco da Volterra. Her own son was born in 1578.

The Birth of St John the Baptist
Bartsch 26, Bellini 64                        465 x 305 mm

Engraving after Giulio Romano. A good impression, trimmed just outside the borderline all round, hence with an arched top (the plate was rectilinear). Slight soiling, a few stains, a small repair.
Watermark: Stag’s Head. 


Ex collection: A Hyatt Mayor (curator at the Metropolitan Museum New York)

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Gabrielle de Vaux Clements, Church in France

Philadelphia 1858 – 1948 Rockport, Mass, USA

A graduate of Cornell University and later a student of Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, she spent some years in Paris in the 1880’s, where she worked at the Académie Julian

Church Corner
with Rooftops and Chimneys, France

163 x 82 mm

Original etching, c1885-90. Signed in pencil. Printed in brown-black ink on stout wove paper. 


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Mily Possoz, A Renaissance Dream

Lisbon 1896 – 1967 Cintra, Portugal

Mily Possoz adopted such cubist elements as facetted planes and multiple viewpoints for her idiosyncratic decorative prints produced in Paris in the 1920’s, in subjects which were souvenirs of her native Portugal. Editions of her plates varied from about 25 up to 80 or so.

A Renaissance Dream
252 x 230 mm

Original drypoint. Signed in pencil. With the publisher’s blind stamp of Marcel Guiot. The colours fresh, soft blue, pink, yellow, orange, green and brown. On wove. Slight pale foxing at the plate edges in the side margins. 


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Laura Knight, Powder and Paint. This original etching has been sold

Long Eaton 1877 – 1970 St. John’s Wood

Powder and Paint
Bolling & Withington 30 v/v                      330  x 248 mm

Original etching with aquatint and burnishing, on zinc, 1925. Signed in pencil. Presumably fifth (final) state, the plate cut down to remove the etched title in the former blank area at the foot. Edition of 20. Annotated at the foot of the sheet. On cream laid paper. Faintly mount stained. 


Of the fourteen plates Laura Knight etched in 1925, five focus on the single figure of a dancer making up.
Powder and Paint, Laura Knight’s chef d’oeuvre in etching, is based on a pen and ink drawing of the previous year (now in the V & A) of the dancer Vanda Evina, which was drawn in her dressing room at the Colisseum Theatre, on the 15 September 1924.

Evina is making up for her role in The Roses, the new and first, ballet by Henri Sauget, choreographed by Léonide Massine. Vanda was, or would soon become, Massine’s wife.

An English dancer, born Vera Clarke, Vanda Evina was also known as Vera Savina, when she danced with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. She later became the friend and pianist of Stanislas Idzikowski, another dancer with the Ballets Russes.

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Eileen Soper, The Stray, 1924

Enfield 1905 – 1990 Harmer Green, Heartfordshire

Eileen Soper exhibited at the Royal Academy from the early age of sixteen and enjoyed immediate success with her drypoints.

The Stray
Beetles 76 v/v                 196 x 149 mm

Original drypoint, 1924. Signed in pencil. Published state. Issued by H C Dickins, edition of 347. A fine impression, with burr. Printed in brown-black ink on cream laid paper. 


Exhibited 1924 at the Royal Scottish Academy.

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Louisa Larking, The Mysterious House

Melbourne, Australia 1898 - 1978 Penzance, Cornwall

The Mysterious House
218 x 160 mm

Original etching with aquatint, 1924. Printed on blue-grey paper. Signed in pencil. Edition of 30. 


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Elizabeth Blackadder, Abyssinian Cat

Born Falkirk 1931

Currently Her Majesty the Queen’s Painter and Limner in Scotland, Elizabeth Blackadder was already an established artist in her fifties before she took up etching in 1983.

Cats and orchids have been the two major preoccupations in her etched work.

Abyssinian Cat in a Basket
Allan 78                            230 x 255 mm

Original colour etching and aquatint, 1995. Signed in pencil. Edition of 70 (numbered 29/70 ). Printed from two plates in ochre and black on Somerset white wove paper.  


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Brenda Harthill, Silver Spirit Land

Born London 1943

A theatrical designer and printmaker. Hartill emigrated to New Zealand as a child but returned to London in the late 1960’s to study at the Central School of Art. Marriage took her to North Carolina, U.S.A. She returned to London after receiving an Arts Council reward in the early 1970’s and in the early 1980’s took up printmaking. She has studios in Britain and the south of Spain and works also in the wilds of New Zealand. Her prints, both figurative and abstract, are formed on the land, sea and air

Silver Spirit Land
204 x 390 mm

Original colour collagraph, 2002. Signed in pencil, dated, entitled and numbered 11 from the edition of 100. Printed in shades of turquoise, red, ochre and silver on thick densely textured white paper mounted on board by the artist.


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