Sheet size: 250x345 mm
Image size: 120x170 mm
Edition: 280 – Signed in plate
Original etching by Walter Sickert (1860-1942) after the painting by Camille Corot. Printed on Japan paper. As published in The Barbizon School by David Croal Thomson, which was published in an edition of 280 copies by Chapman and Hall. The etchings for this work were printed quite separately from the letterpress, but the name of the printer is not given. Corot's signature is etched in the plate, and below the image in drypoint are Corot pinxit, Sickert sculpt, and the title The Boatman. This etching was made specifically for this publication. Its reference in Ruth Bromberg's catalogue of Sickert's prints is Bromberg 111. We have not been able to determine the exact work which Sickert has interpreted with such impressionistic freedom, but it is related to a group of studies of the Bouleau lake in Ville d'Avray made in the early 1860s, such as The Leaning Tree Trunk in the National Gallery, London. It is a beautiful marriage of the skills of two great artists. If as we suspect it is after the work in the National Gallery, then it is a very free interpretation of the original, more of a homage to Corot than a reproductive etching. Condition: Excellent.