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Peter Henry Emerson (British, 1856–1936)
LOT ID: 82495
The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House; 2 works), 1895

Photogravure, Platinum Print
6 х 7.75 in. (15.24 x 19.68 cm.)
Unsigned
Print/Casting Year 1895
Lot description
Peter Henry Emerson, The Misty River (Plate VIII), 1895. Photogravure plate on vellum, 6 x 7 3/4 inches (15.2 x 19.7 cm). From a total edition of 250, 200 of which were printed on plate paper and only 50 of which were printed on vellum. Each etched and hand printed by Emerson.

The tones of this image are warm and rich, not cold and grey. It is an exceptionally fine “pull” off of the gravure press, and most people would not know it from a platinum print. This print is on the original card for this series.
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Peter Henry Emerson, A Reed Boat-House (Plate XXXI), 1886. Vintage platinum print, 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches (12.1 x 17.1 cm). Original mount with attached tissue guard and printed title.

Emerson said of this image: “The sun was passing behind a cloud when we first came upon this picture, and the lighting was beautifully soft and subdued, as it fell upon the reed walls and thatched roof, throwing at the same time a reflection of the most tender delicacy and grace. In the foreground were some withered stalks, reminding one of poor Bonvin’s fine feeling and delicate drawing; behind lay the softened background of the Broad, and on the right grew two trees – the wispy trees beloved of Corot. There is little in this gem but fine quality and the charm and fascination of the tranquil repose in atmosphere and water, teaching that simplicity and sentiment are at the foundation of all true art.”
The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
  • The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
  • The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
  • The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
  • The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
  • The Misty River (+ A Reed Boat-House 2 works) by Peter Henry Emerson
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