Edmund Blampied, R.E. British. 1886-1966.
Work in the Fields. 1913. Drypoint. Appleby 31. 8 3/4 x 11 1/4 (sheet 11 5/8 x 14 5/8). Edition 65. Annotated 'HJB #18' in pencil, indicating a proof from the collection of the famous Blampied scholar and collector, Harold J. Bailey, who wrote an article, 'Edmund Blampied: Artist and Philosopher' in the Print Collector's Quarterly 24 (1937). A rich impression with plate tone, printed on the full sheet of cream laid paper withy deckle edges. Signed in pencil. $775.
Vraic is a seaweed found in the Channel Islands. The main use of vraic is for spreading over potato fields during the winter. It is then ploughed into the soil before the potatoes are planted in late winter and spring. Vraic was traditionally gathered by horse and cart in Grouville Bay and St Ouen's Bay, and in smaller quantities at Le Hocq and Havre des Pas. The practice continues using tractors and trailers, although the quantity taken has diminished over the years.
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