Solway Fishers (No. 2). 1893. Mezzotint. Hardie 113.ii. 7 3/4 x 10 7/8 (sheet 11 x 14). Edition 100. A dramatic, tonal impression printed in black-brown ink on 'JWhatman Turkey Mill' wove paper. The plate was sold to Robert Dunthorne. Impressions were printed both in sepia and in black ink. Signed in pencil. $975.
Hardie writes, page 38: "A light hand-rail bidge crosses a creek on the left; in front, a large square mooring-stone; fishermen carrying nets, walk from the right towards thedistant water. The scene is near Glencaple."
The Solway Firth is an inlet of the Irish Sea on the border of Scotland and England and the fishing, according to the image, was done largely with nets. One should note the finesse of the mezzotint technique in delineating the various types of clouds.
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