Le Bourg de Batz




William Strang (1859-1921), Le Bourg de Batz, etching and drypoint on copper, 1913, signed in pencil lower right [also signed and dated in the plate].  Reference: Binyon 654, only state, edition of 58. In very good condition, printed in black/brown ink on an ivory laid paper, with full margins, 16 3/4 x 13 3/4, the sheet 20 x 17 1/2 inches.

A fine strong impression of this large composition.  Printed with a light veil of plate tone.

Le Bourg de Batz is a commune in western France; the town lies between the Bay of Biscay and its salt marshes, which Strang illustrates. The historic church of Saint-Guénolé or Winwaloe (towards the left of the composition), largely dating from the 15th century, stands in the town centre. The church contains a 16th-century sculpture of the Madonna and Child, and its 17th-century belfry provides a significant local landmark. Climbing to the top of the tower gives a good view over the salt marshes and the Le Croisic peninsula.