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Traces of the Wake: The Etching Revival in Britain and Beyond, curated by David Maskill and his ARTH 403 students
David Maskill, Senior Lecturer in Art History, Victoria University of Wellington, will talk about his exhibition Traces of the Wake which brings together more than 60 original prints from private and public collections by British, Australian, French and New Zealand artists working between 1850 and 1930 and who were at the vanguard of what has come to be known as The Etching Revival.
David Maskill and his Honours’ students have delved into this neglected period, when printmakers produced finely crafted prints for an eager market of fine art connoisseurs and a middle-class hungry for traditional subjects in a world that was rapidly changing.
Structured around the works of three master etchers – Rembrandt, Charles Meryon, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, the exhibition examines ‘traces’ of their legacy in the subjects, styles and processes that were carried over in the practices of British artists such as Muirhead Bone, David Young Cameron, and Francis Seymour Hayden; Australians such as Lionel Lindsay and Mortimer Menpes, and New Zealanders: Harry Linley Richardson, Trevor Lloyd, Mina Arndt, and Frederick Vincent Ellis.
Numbers are limited and registration is required. To register, use the ‘Book now’ button or phone the Friends’ office on (04) 381 7051.
Feature image: Detail from Breaking up of the Agamemnon 1870, by Francis Seymour Haden. Collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Gift of Sir John Ilott, 1955