Mother Earth



William Strang (1859-1921), Mother Earth, 1897, etching, drypoint, aquatint (listed in Binyon as etching mezzotint); signed in pencil lower right, and signed by the printer David Strang and inscribed “imp” lower left. Reference: Binyon 312, 35 proofs. With the notation in pencil lower margin “406 (312) final state.” In excellent condition, with margins, 7 3/4 x 6, the sheet 10 1/8 x 7.

A fine impression, printed with carefully wiped plate tone, so that the figure of Mother Earth and children is stands out; much tone is left on the top and central hilly area, and a subtle veil of tone left on the houses and field toward the foreground.

Printed in a brownish/black ink on an ivory laid paper with the watermark Dickenson & Co. 1814.