Current Inventory by James McBey

The Pool

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), The Pool, etching and drypoint, 1914, signed in pen lower right and numbered (I) lower left margin. Reference: Hardie 150. [also signed and dated June 1914 in the plate lower right]. From the edition of 50 (plus proofs). In very good condition, with margins, printed on laid white paper, 9 1/2 x 14 1/8, the sheet 11 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches. Provenance: Harris Whittemore (Lugt 1384a, with his stamp lower left recto] A fine impression, with much burr from the drypoint work. McBey made about nine states of one impression each in the evolution of The […]

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Night in Ely Cathedral

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Night in Ely Cathedral, etching and drypoint, 1915, signed in pen lower right and numbered lower left margins (XXXIII). Reference: Hardie 161, eighth state (of 8), from the edition of 76. In very good condition, with margins (cut irregularly at left edge), on a laid paper, 11 5/8 x 8, the sheet 13 1/4 x 9 7/8 inches. A fine impression. The composition of Night in Ely Cathedral appears to have been substantially completed in the first state, but McBey made successive alterations with burnishing, drypoint work, sharpening and clarifying certain elements such as the figure of […]

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Benachie

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Benachie, etching, 1911, signed in ink lower right and numbered XXVII lower left [also signed and dated in the plate lower right]. Reference: Hardie 90, only state, from the edition of 40 proofs. In good condition with full margins (staining lower left, slight loss upper right corner). 4 3/4 x 6 1/4, the sheet 7 x 9 1/16 inches. A fine delicately printed impression, with a subtle veil of plate tone covering the land area below the horizon. The eminent critic Malcolm Salaman wrote of this print: “There is usually in a McBey etching much more than […]

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Benicasim

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Benicasim, etching, 1911, signed in ink and numbered lower left margin [with initials, title and date in the plate]. Reference: Hardie 96, only state, edition of 40. In very good condition, with wide margins (cut irregularly at bottom, tiny loss upper right corner), 5 5/16 x 8 3/8, the sheet 9 x 11 1/2 inches, archival matting. A fine, delicately printed impression, printed in black ink on cream laid paper. Benicasim is a small Spanish town a few miles north of Valencia. In McBey’s etching it appears beautiful, isolated and remote; today it is built up, the site of a […]

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Ransdorp

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Ransdorp, etching, 1910, signed in ink bottom right margin and numbered XXXVI bottom left [also signed, titled and dated 29 Aug. 1910 in the plate]. Reference: Hardie and Carter 75, only state, edition of 41, 4 7/8 x 8 15/16, the sheet 9 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches. Printed on old laid paper, with wide margins, a deckle edge bottom and sides. In very good condition, slight soiling in margins, a touch of light tone, archival mounting. A fine impression, with a veil of plate tone on the area of water in the foreground. At the age […]

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Laguna Veneta

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Laguna Veneta, 1926, etching, signed in ink bottom right and inscribed “Trial proof IX” bottom left margins. Reference: Hardie 227. One of 11 trial proofs before the edition of 80. In very good condition, with margins (slight mat staining upper margin well above plate line, trimmed irregularly bottom with a loss away from image). On fine laid paper with an elaborate initials (IHS?) watermark. Archival mounting. 7 x 15, the sheet 9 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches. A fine impression, with plate tone especially toward the left in the water and sky, printed in a dark brown ink. This is one of […]

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Haarlem

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), Haarlem, etching, 1910, signed in ink bottom right margin and numbered XXXV bottom left [also signed, titled and dated July 1910 in the plate]. Reference: Hardie and Carter 61, only state, edition of 40, 4 3/4 x 6 7/16, the sheet 6 1/4 x 8 inches. Printed on old laid paper, with a partial crest watermark, with margins. In good condition, a paper loss upper right corner (away from image), slight soiling in margins, archival mounting. A fine impression, with a light veil of plate tone. At the age of 26 McBey left his bank job (which he had had for 15 […]

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The Ebb Tide, or, Brightling Sea

Artist: James McBey
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James McBey (1883-1959), The Ebb Tide, or, Brightling Sea, etching, 1922-3, signed in ink bottom right margin and numbered in ink bottom left margin (IV/L) [also signed, dated and titled in the plate]. Reference: Hardie and Carter 216. From the British Edition (as numbered in Roman Numerals from I to L); the total edition was 76. In very good condition (some glue on verso, small loss lower margin edge far from image, on old laid paper with a Four Balls watermark, with margins, 8 3/8 x 13 3/4, the sheet 10 1/2 x 16 1/2 inches.  Archivally matted, with acid free window […]

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