The Etched Work of Martin Hardie
with signed, handwritten letter from the artist
Assumed first edition, hardback with printed titling to spine and upper board, and with etching pasted in to upper board. Untrimmed edges. 20.5 × 13.5cm, 75pp.
This copy has a handwritten letter from Martin Hardie pasted in at the rear of the book. It reads "Feb 22, 1913, Dear Sir, I have to thank you for your kind note + for your cheque. I enclose receipt. It may interest you to know that "High Noon in the Boatyard, Rye" is reproduced in this month's Studio. Yours sincerely, Martin Hardie". The book also has the bookplate of P H Hood (engraved by Emery Walker).
Two short introductory pieces followed by 32 tipped in reproductions of etchings by Martin Hardie, each with title and printing details etc. Martin Hardie was born in London. He studied at the Royal College of Art, London under Sir Frank Short whose influence can be seen in Hardie’s style and choice of subject matter: land or coastal scenes with low horizons. Hardie was appointed Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and through this post, and his influential writings on English watercolours and etchings, he led the revival of interest in the work of Samuel Palmer.
A good plus copy. Light rubbing to the boards, slight tanning to the endpapers but the main body of text in very good condition, with secure binding and all plates present.