France at her Furnaces by James McBey (1883 - 1959)

Title: France at her Furnaces

Medium: Dry-point etching. Signed in ink & editioned "I" (British edition).
Size: 22.4cm x 37.8cm

Additional Information:
Framed in 1" limed oak with an ivory mount.

Edition of 76 proofs.

Martin Hardie Catalogue No. 175. 1917

One of his most famous war-time etchings, crafted in 1917 when he was stationed at Boulogne and features workers at the Schneider munitions factory at Hornfleur. Soon after this was executed McBey left for Cairo with the British Expeditionary Force as a war artist.

Salaman: "A spell of service at Rouen was signalised by a couple of etchings, of which Rouen was memorable for its design, and one magnificent dry-point, France at her Furnaces, a dynamic impression of the Schneider Munition Works at Harfleur. Two partially stripped men are drawing with long steel hooks the shell casings from the blazing furnaces, while others, in the tremendous scorching glare, drag them at white heat towards the hydraulic presses. It is a scene of immense energy, of stern contests between nature's forces and man's controlling power, and for the spontaneity of vital impression, and sudden contrasts of light and dark, the artist worked his dry-point like a wizard."

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