Published by The Twenty One Gallery and printed by the artist. Very scarce.
Tassi records 20 impressions in this state however this impression is inscribed in Sutherland’s hand ‘ 1st published state No 39, 15 proofs. Moss’s Wharf Greenwich’. The plate was cropped in the second state and 18 impressions were taken.
Graham Sutherland's etching depicts the ramshackle waterfront buildings of R Moss & Sons. The premises were on Crane Wharf at 11-13 Crane Street in East Greenwich. This print is one of Sutherland's early works, made when he was studying art at Goldsmith's College in south London, relatively near to Greenwich. At Goldsmiths, Sutherland was one of a circle of accomplished etchers who all admired the etchings of the Thames produced by James Whistler in the late 19th century. This print is Whistler-like, in both its subject and composition.