The Zuider Zee
21.5cm x 37.8cm
Dry-point. Signed & editioned, indistinctly "XLIII" 1924
Martin Hardie Cat. No. 220, Edition of 76 proofs.
: "The Zuider Zee shows just three botters running before the wind in a choppy sea, and because the effect of this would have been thin in etching, and the subject needed the suggestions of tone in the hulls and sails moving against the light, and the lines of the waves shadowed by a passing cloud, McBey used dry-point with happy effect:…”
McBey was an enthusiastic collector of old paper. Martin Hardie
writes; “He felt from the first, that it had qualities of tone and texture and durability that made it desirable for the printing of an etching, and since then “he has used no other”. …And the collector may like to know that he may own proofs printed on paper coming from the volumes in which Rembrandt kept his prints or from one that belonged to Sir Peter Lely in 1669. McBey is loth to use these for the run of an edition; but for almost the whole edition of the Zuider Zee, paper was drawn from the Lely book.”
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