Sutherland, Graham (1903-1980), 'Pecken Wood', Etching, 1925

'Pecken Wood', Etching, 1925

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Unique trial proof for the third state. Small areas on the right un-inked or masked with chalk, extensively worked over in ink and chalk, a small flap with haystacks-(Or bushes) pasted on by the small central tree.

In the second state the roof of the tiled hut has been strengthened and certain changes made lower down. Where the penciled indications in the sky had appeared in the first state new work has appeared. The signature has also been added. In this trial proof, for the third state, much of the background, the wall of the shed and the bank in front of it have been burnished out. The overhanging bough on the right has been left partly unlinked and then masked: in its place more foliage has been drawn on in bistre ink, and another tree appears behind it. There is an additional tree in the row in the left background, subsequently etched in. The walls of the shed and the bank are drawn in, as is all the walled area, much of the sky, and the sun and a few of its rays. The small pasted flap is printed. Most of the work indicated here was subsequently incorporated into the design


Pecken Wood was later published in an edition of 85 impressions by the Twenty-One Gallery.

This poetic image recalls the atmosphere of J.F. Millet rather than Palmer. Examples of working proofs are very scarce.

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Reference Tassi 21, Cooke 10, Walker 23, Man 24

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