The Bonnet - Anais


Le Beguin – Anais (original French title)

Etching on laid Van Gelder Zonen paper.
Reference: Fletcher 33.
Second state of four, before the plate was cut down, and before the edition. Scarce as such.
Signed and annotated “2nd state”, monogrammed, titled, and also annotated “4 proofs thus” in pencil, by the artist.
Plate size: 6 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches.

A magnificent impression, in pristine condition. With the artist's inky thumbprints in the margins. One can imagine Brockhurst holding the print to the light, and decide that, yes, the composition is done, and all that needs to be done is cut down and bevel the plate before printing the full edition. A scarce look into the work process of one of Britain's and the United States' most beloved and famous portrait etchers of the 20th century.