Contemplation – An impression of the only state, and a working proof

Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Contemplation (alternate title: Ishlamih Group), drypoint on zinc, 1917, with the estate stamp lower right margin. Reference: Czestochowski 53, only state, total printing unknown but small. In good condition, with margins, 2 7/8 x 6 1/8, the sheet 7 x 9 inches. Printed on a very light laid paper, with extensive cataloguing notes in pencil verso bottom.

A fine impression, printed with much drypoint burr, and an overall veil of plate tone.

We also have a working proof of Contemplation (illustrated below) printed on a light laid paper, with inky fingerprints in the margins (going into the image lower right), an ink spot just above the upper platemark, with irregular margins, 2 7/8 x 6 1/8, the sheet 4 x 6 5/8 inches. Printed on a very light laid paper, with extensive cataloguing notes in pencil verso bottom.

This lightly printed working proof impression, although with all the details of the better printed impressions, lacks their richness and most of the drypoint burr; it thus may have been printed after, rather than before the richer impressions of the same state.

Working proof impression