This is a fabulous collection of original, 1925 hand-tipped-in photogravures of etchings by the great artist, Frank W. Benson. These particular etchings, each a 1925 photogravure reproduction made by the finest processes of the time, are still inserted in the book which they were created for, Modern Masters of Etching Frank W. Benson 44 Leicester Sq. London. The Studio Collection, which was printed by The Morland Press Ltd., 190 Ebury Street London, S. W. 1., Photogravure Plates by Waterlow and Sons, Limited, London. This rare and limited edition of The Studio Collection was listed as "Number Six."
We also have a series of four Framed under Glass Photogravure works by Benson that someone has likely taken from another Album like the one we are presenting. This includes the wonderful Book with all 12 etched plates along with the four framed under glass items for a truly great instant collection of some of Mr. Benson's finest Art accomplishments.
Benson, of course, was one of the modern masters, and today he is recognized as one of America' s finest Impressionist painters, a recognized master of the effects of light. Benson is probably best known for his paintings of women seated or standing on a windswept promontory overlooking the sea. Born in Salem, Massachusetts, where he began his artistic career, he also ended it there, painting birds. It's this later collection of wildlife etchings that we are so pleased to present. As the book itself notes, "While Frank Benson is as naturally a sportsman as he is instinctively an artist, it is in his sporting pursuit of the wild birds that he finds those rich opportunities for sudden or patient observation of their activities in the air or in the water, which suggest the original pictorial motives that distinguish his etchings."
The overall condition of these gorgeous, 83 year-old photogravures of Benson's works is Very Fine. No water damage. No tears. No surface rubs. No creases. Only the slightest of yellowing along the backing board, which does not affect the print's value. The prints are listed in order with descriptions and size of the originals at the end of this description. Each photogravure plate comes with its original onion skin, on which is the following information: Plate number; Title of etching; size of original etching; and where the original etching resided at the time of this collection's 1925 publication. Because of the delicate nature of onion skin, in some cases light wear is noticed. It was meant to protect the photogravure and in each case here, that has proved to be true.
Plate I - The Gunner (Etching, 9 & 7/8 x 7 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate II - Morning (Drypoint, 7 & 7/8 x 9 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of the Artist
Plate III - Geese Alighting (Drypoint, 9 & 7/8 x 8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate IV - Evening (Etching, 10 x 7 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in the British Museum
Plate V - Pintails (Drypoint, 13 & 7/8 x 10 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate VI - Geese 1917 (Drypoint, 10 x 15 & 1/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate VII - Bound Home (Etching, 9 x 11 inches) From a Proof in Possession of the Artist
Plate VIII - Mallards - No 2 (Etching, 8 & 7/8 x 10 & 3/4 inches) From a Proof in the British Museum
Plate IX - Broadbills (Drypoint, 9 & 7/8 x 7 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate X - Blackbirds & Rushes (Drypoint, 9 & 3/4 x 13 & 7/8 inches) From a Proof in Possession of A.C. Dickens, Esq.
Plate XI - Widgeon Rising (Etching, 11 & 3/8 x 7 & 3/8 inches) From a Proof in the British Museum
Plate XII - The Gunners Blind (Etching, 7 & 7/8 x 9 & 3/4 inches) From a Proof in Possession of Malcolm C. Salaman, Esq.
This is an Opportunity to own a Collection of some of the Best Works ever created by Frank W. Benson, truly a Modern Master of Etching and Art.