Nine Barrow Down. Isle of Purbec Looking Towards St. Albans Head by John Charles Robinson

Nine Barrow Down. Isle of Purbec Looking Towards St. Albans Head by John Charles Robinson

Nine Barrow Down. Isle of Purbec Looking Towards St. Albans Head

John Charles Robinson

Title

Nine Barrow Down. Isle of Purbec Looking Towards St. Albans Head

 
Artist
Year
1872  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
4 9/16 x 10 5/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right; initialed in plate, lower right corner 
Edition Size
One of only a few impressions of this state. 
Annotations
pencil annotated "Sept 1872"; titled in the plate, upper left; dated in plate, lower left. 
Reference
Hind 12 ii/iii, PCQ Vol 8, No 3, 1921; illustrated page 306; H.167 
Paper
buff laid with a partial nude with banner watermark. 
State
i/iii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
17507 
Price
$900.00 
Description

Sir John Charles Robinson, a close friend of Seymour Haden, was Superintendent of Collections at the South Kensington Museum and Surveyor of the Queen's pictures. He was a noted collector and curator and was a founder of the Fine Art Club and the Royal Society of Painter Etchers (with Francis Seymour Haden).

In his catalogue of Robinson's prints Arthur Hind notes, while discussing Robinson's use of atmosphere that in the etching Nine Barrow Down, "We can see that the scraper and burnisher have been used to break up the straight etched lines making p the rays of light coming from the sun; thus giving the effect of moving light and the haziness of dawn."

Nine Barrow Down is an elongated hill forming the northern ridge of the Purbeck Hills on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset, England. The chalk down is part of the extensive Southern England Chalk Formation. The eastern end of the ridge, which carries the highest point, is also sometimes known as Godlingston Hill. The col of the railway cutting at Harman's Cross means that it has sufficient relative height that it qualifies as a "Marilyn".