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James McBey. 1883-1959.

Ras-El-Ain. 1919. Etching. Hardie 180. 7 7/8 x 12 7/8 (sheet 9 x 14 1/2). Edition 76, # 1. Series: First Palestine Set. A rich impression with plate tone, printed on cream laid paper from an antique volume. Signed and numbered in ink. $750.

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Hardie writes, "Ras-el-Ain, a fortress of the Crusaders, lies in the maratime plain a few miles north of the Jaffa-Jerulalem road. During the summer of 1918 the front line of the British forces ran to the north of the castle. The etchings shows the cavalry watering at a spring to the left of the fortress. High in the sky, shrapnel is bursting in the train of an aeroplane which is observing for the camouflaged artillery in the foreground to the right. (This subject was selected as a suitable introduction to a series of etchings dealing with the modern Crusade.)"

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