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Thursday 12 January 2023

William Strang’s etching with engraving, “H. Cock, No. 1”, 1895

William Strang (1859–1921)

“H. Cock, No. 1”, 1895, printed and annotated in pencil by William Strang’s son, David Strang (aka David Rogerson Strang) (1887–1967), with the title, the state and its publication details. Note that this print is the first plate of two plates both executed in 1895 and showing slight variations of the same portrait. The second plate (also printed by David Strang) is titled, “H. Cock, No. 2”, 1895 (see

Etching and engraving with plate tone on fine cream laid paper with pencil notations by the printer.

Size: (sheet) 28.7 x 18.7 cm; (plate) 23.9 x 16.2 cm.

Inscribed below image in pencil by David Strang: (left) “David Strang. imp./ 326 (609) H. Cock, no 1. Final state.”; (right) “Wm Strang fec./ DS.”

State iv (of iv)

DS.326 (David Strang 1962, “William Strang: Catalogue of his Etchings and Engravings”, Glasgow, University of Glasgow, cat. no. 326. IV); Binyon 609 (Laurence Binyon 1906–23, “William Strang: Catalogue of his Etched Work”, 3 vols, Glasgow, J. Maclehose & Sons, cat. no. 609).

The British Museum offers the following description of this print: “Portrait, half-length, facing front, looking towards the viewer, with a moustache and a beard, wearing a jacket over a shirt, a dark tie and a waistcoat, top two buttons of the jacket fastened, a flower in the buttonhole and a handkerchief in the pocket; final state. 1895” (

Condition: a richly inked impression in an excellent (near pristine) condition with no tears, holes, folds, stains or signs of handling.

I am selling this superb etching—the first plate of two plates with minor variations of the same portrait—for the total price of AU$257 in total (currently US$177.18/EUR164.75/GBP145.88 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world, but not (of course) any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries.

If you are interested in purchasing this superb portrait worthy of close study—note how the artist has rendered the tonal transition of the face from line, to rows of dots and finally to a random scattering of dots—please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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