Hayter, Stanley William (1901-1988), 'Amazon', Engraving, Soft-ground Etching and Scorper, 1945

'Amazon', Engraving, Soft-ground Etching and Scorper, 1945

Signed, titled, dated, and inscribed ‘Trial Proof’ by the artist in pencil. Trial proof aside from the edition of 50.

‘Amazon’ was created during Hayter’s stay in America where he continued to experiment with the simultaneous printing techniques he had begun to develop in Paris. This was his largest and most ambitious print to date and the increase in scale allowed a far more complex treatment of textures and space than was previously possible.

An Amazon was a warrior from a female race which excluded men from their society. They famously removed their right breast in order to be able to facilitate the drawing of the bowstring. This subject of a menacing, matriarchal female figure was one Hayter explored in other engravings of this period such as ‘Tarantelle’.

Image Size : 61.8 x 40.2 cm
Paper 75.5 x 52 cm
Collections British Museum; MOMA, NY; Kempner Art Museum
Reference Black and Moorhead 165