Glassblowers, Murano by James McBey (1883 - 1959)

Title: Glassblowers, Murano

Medium: Dry-point. MH 243 1930 Signed & editioned in pen "LXI"
Size: 12.8cm x 15.2cm

Additional Information:
Martin Hardie - "An interior at Murano, with glass-blowers at work. A large circular furnace with open doors is on the left. In front a stout figure (the famous glass-blower, Seguso) is seated, spinning a glass vessel at the end of his tube."

Malcolm Salaman - "The Third Venice Set began characteristically with Glass Blowers, Murano, for these men, alert with naked arms, facing the white glare of the furnaces, the fat man seated in the centre being the doyen of the industry, recall, although with something of a difference in motive, that wonderful earlier plate, France at her Furnaces. McBey has used his dry-point with the same summary effect and struck a remarkable balance of sudden light and black shadow, in communicating his modern impression of this industry of many centuries. In James Howell's "Letters", written in the 17th century, he says that if one should transplant a glass furnace from Murano to any other part of the earth, using the same workmen, materials and fuel, it would be impossible to make glass crystal of the same perfection, beauty and lustre as at Murano. This was a proud saying for the time, and although the industry may have waned, this print suggests at least, its old time energy."

Signed in the plate "McBey Venice 22 September 1925"
Edition of 80 proofs; I-LX British Edition, AI-AXX American Edition.