The Prodigal Son

William Strang (1859-1921), The Prodigal Son, 1882, etching and drypoint, signed and dated in the plate lower right. Reference: Binyon 10. In excellent condition (an oil stain upper right margin well outside of the image). On a cream laid paper with margins, 6 7/8 x 7 7/8, the sheet 9 1/2 x 10 inches.

A fine strong impression.

Strang was one of the original members of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, and his work was a part of their first exhibition in 1881. Some of his early plates were published in The Portfolio and other art magazines. Strang was a prodigious printmaker, creating over 750 drypoints and etchings between the years 1880 and 1920. In 1913 he returned to the subject of the Prodigal Son, creating a woodcut of this oft-illustrated topic.