Title: A Tartane Leaving Venice (1928)
Size: 16.3cm x 31.5cm plate size
Medium: Etching

Additional Information
MH 240 Signed MCBEY Venice 12 October 1925 in plate. Signed and numbered LXXIV from Edition of 80 Martin Hardie: A two masted ship (a tartane) seen against a sunset sky, is sailing towards the spectator. In the distance, on the right, the Campanile, and on the left, San Giorgio Maggiore and the Salute.


About the Artist

James McBey was born in Newburgh, Aberdeenshire, educated at his village school, and at the age of 15 years became a clerk in the North of Scotland Bank in Aberdeen. He attended evening classes at Grays School of Art, drawing scenes in and around Aberdeen.

After reading an article on etching in an art magazine, McBey borrowed from Aberdeen public library Maxime Lalanne’s treatise on etching Traité de la Gravure a l’Eau-Forte he taught himself how to create etchings on zinc plates. He printed the results on paper using his mother’s washing mangle. By 1910 he had enough confidence in his own ability to abandon banking and spent the summer in Holland where he etched 21 plates. His work was of sufficiently high quality to earn him an exhibition in 1911 at the Goupil Gallery in London and his prints were published in both London and Glasgow.