Jeu d'enfants (Children's Game) by Stanley William Hayter

Jeu denfants (Childrens Game) by Stanley William Hayter

Jeu d'enfants (Children's Game)

Stanley William Hayter

Title

Jeu d'enfants (Children's Game)

 
Artist
Year
1936  
Technique
copper plate engraving, soft-ground etching and scorper 
Image Size
6 9/16 x 3" 7/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right beneath platemark 
Edition Size
10 of 25  
Annotations
pencil titled, dated, and editioned; old price in lower margin, collaged on to sheet. 
Reference
Black & Moorhead 99 
Paper
ivory Montval 
State
iii/iii 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
23198 
Price
Price On Request 
Description

An abstract, surreal figure is woven into a hopscotch layout. The game is numbered from 1 to 10, the boxed numbers are reversed and read, from the bottom left: 3 1 5; 2 4 6; 7; 10 9 8 with the top box reading "ciel" (heaven) in reverse.

The lines of the hopscotch game are deeply gouged with a scorper creating three dimensional white lines. The figure was done using engraving tools and the tonal areas of the figure were done using a fine fabric, impressed into soft-ground. Hayter leaves a film of ink on the surface of the plate, which leaves a light gray background "tone" to the composition.

This impression has a piece of paper, possibly trimmed from a larger margin, that reads "£1.1.0" and another that reads "4381" glued to the bottom margin. This work anticipates the techniques Hayter used three images later to create his famous "Combat", also in 1936.