Webb, Joseph (1908-1962), ‘Chepstow’, Etching, 1928

‘Chepstow’, Etching, 1928

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Signed by the artist in pencil. Printed on J.Whatman watermarked wove paper.

Webb adored the British countryside. Whether driving or walking, he never failed to be 'absorbed and enthralled'. In search of suitable subjects for etchings and paintings, he travelled that Summer (1928) to Gloucestershire and southeast Wales...Crossing into Wales, Webb set out on the Wye Valley Walk. In Monmouthshire he made drawings for 'Chepstow from the Cliff' and 'Chepstow', both etched in 1928. Strategically positioned high on cliffs above the River Wye, this magnificent Norman castle is among the oldest stone-built castles in Britain. For 'Chepstow', Webb has taken the more conventional viewpoint, one for centuries favoured by artists - the east curtain of the medieval fortification drawn from the English banks of the River Wye with the Great Tower silhouetted on the skyline. When reproduced in 'Fine Prints of the Year' 1931, its editor Malcolm Salaman felt Webb had 'pictured the actual place, through a romantic, imaginative vision'. - Robert Meyrick

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Image Size 24 x 40.6 cm
Reference Guichard 14
Provenance The Artist’s Estate

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