Farrer, Henry (illus).
Etching, image size 11 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches on sheet size 15 3/4 x 19 1/2 inches. The work is signed and dated in the plate and signed in pencil at lower left. English-born artist Henry Farrer emigrated to America in the 1860s; he was initially known for his water colors. His paintings (states Wikipedia) "typically depict a misty or cloudy landscape with a marsh or small pond in the foreground. The sun is often setting in a Farrer painting, and the overall feeling one of stillness." The entry further notes that "Farrer became a driving force in the Etching Revival in America. He was a founding member of the New York Etching Club in 1887 and active in the promotion of etching as a creative medium rather than a reproductive one." This particular etching, dated 1883, combines the subject matter of many of his paintings, as noted above, with his conviction that etching be regarded as a creative endeavor in its own right--uncoupled from the yoke of commercial engraving. Item #53287