Laburnums and Battersea. 1889-90. Etching and drypoint. Hausberg 34.iii/v. 13 1/2 x 8 5/8 (image and sheet). Only one other known impression in this state (total of about 62 known impressions). A rich impression with subtle tonal wiping printed in brown ink on antique cream laid paper. Trimmed to the platemark and tab by Roussel. Signed 'Theodore Roussel imp' indicating a proof printed by the artist. $1,000.
An alternative title is Laburnums and Battersea, Corner of the New Bridge While in Construction. The pile of sand in the foreground is presumably for the work on the construction of new Battersea Bridge, the old bridge having been demolished in 1879. The new bridge opened in 1890. Walter Sickert made a line drawing after a painting by Roussel ‘The Plumbago Works, Battersea’that showed the clock tower and factory depicted in this print.
Other proofs of the etching are in the collections of the British Museum, London and Museum of Modern Art, New York.
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