Dresden, Old Market Square


Mortimer Menpes (1855-1938), Dresden, Old Market Square, etching and drypoint, c. 1908, signed by the artist in pencil lower right and annotated “imp” indicating that he personally printed this impression; on a fine antique laid paper. The full sheet, in very good condition, with deckle edges all around (some slight printer’s ink fingerprints and some fox marks in margins), 5 7/8 x 7 7/8, the sheet 10 x 16 inches,  archival matting with window mat, acid free non adhesive mylar hinging.

This was first exhibited by Menpes at the Fine Art Society, London, 1908, no 14 and entitled “Dresden, Old Market Square.”

Reference: National Museum of Australia Accession Number 84.1328.

A fine impression, printed in a dark brownish/black ink, with a subtle veil of plate tone overall.

Menpes was of course the great Australian printmaker and printer, known for his close relationship to Whistler – as a student and colleague in printmaking – but also famed in his own right as one of the towering figures of the British Etchers movement.