Sunset, Tangier by William Douglas Macleod

Sunset, Tangier by William Douglas Macleod

Sunset, Tangier

William Douglas Macleod

Title

Sunset, Tangier

 
Artist
Year
c. 1928  
Technique
drypoint 
Image Size
8 1/16 x 15 1/16" platemark 
Signature
ink, lower right 
Edition Size
XIII A from an edition of XX 
Annotations
editioned in ink, lower left; pencil titled, lower left corner. 
Reference
 
Paper
cream laid "Charles I" watermark. 
State
published 
Publisher
Fine Art Society, London 
Inventory ID
20948 
Price
$250.00 
Description

This dramatic landscape depicts a group of travelers, probably merchants, walking through the desert in Tangiers at sunset. The clouds and encroaching night, plus the long shadows cast by the figures create an abstract pattern and interplay between the light of the setting sun and dark black of the clouds, figures and animals in the foreground.

Mcleod used the delicate lines that can be achieved using the drypoint needle, in effect, directly drawing on the copper plate. The deep black shadows are accomplished by printing the burr that is left as the copper is displaced by the needle. Unless the plate is steel faced only a small number of impressions can be pulled before the burr wears down. This image had an edition of 20, of which this impression is number 13.

 
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