Monday, 1 August 2016

Walter Voe's etching, “From the Top of the Steeple”

Walter Voe's “From the Top of the Steeple”



Walter Voes (active late 19th century?)
“From the Top of the Steeple”, 1880? (this date is based on a pencil notation shown verso)
Soft-ground etching on cream laid paper
Inscribed in the plate “Voes”
Size: (sheet) 30.4 x 24.5 cm; (plate) 19.9 x 15 cm
Condition: richly inked impression in near pristine condition. There are explanatory pencil notations verso.

I am selling this visually arresting etching for a total cost of AU$60 (currently US$45.40/EUR40.65/GBP34.37 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this marvellous print, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.


Although the back of this print assigns the etching to the artist, Walter Voes, and proposes the date, “1880” with a question-mark, I have not been able to find any other information about the creator of this stunning image. I have seen one other print by the hand of this superb printmaker and—from memory—it featured a young girl descending what is likely to be a spiral staircase in the steeple, but this is all I know about the mysterious printmaker who signs his print with the engraved letters “Voes.” I am hoping that a fellow Blogger will recognise the artist and give me some valuable information to share.

What I find remarkable about this print is not just its unusual composition, but also the frozen moment in time as a bell rings. This feature may seem minor at first, but there are very few images where a portrayed feature connotes sound. In short, for those who seek special images, this one is fits well in terms of representing the non-visual world of sound.






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