This is a copper engraving with soft ground aquatint printed onto handmade laid paper. The etched plate was made in 19345 and is titled,signed and numbered by the artist in pencil. The etching is from a small edition size of only 30 copies, of which this is number 3. However, Christopher Buckland Wright states that only 11 copies were pulled from this plate and not ’30’ as numbered. The sheet has overall light foxing; a couple of fox marks being in the image; the paper has slightly discoloured, else good.
Plate size 132 x 83mm (3.5 x 7 inches)
Sheet size 310 x 245 mm (12.5 x 9.75 inches )
‘My father’s involvement with surrealism began when he was invited by Bill Hayter to join his Atelier 17 late in 1933 or early 1934. Hayter wrote of that time ‘he was a finished craftsman as well as a brilliant artist. In the studio he was responsible for many of the technical innovations which have been disseminated in most countries’ .. ‘His command of the burin was outstanding, and although Hayter’s influence is evident, it is subordinated to Buckland Wright’s romantic temperament portrayed in the engravings seen here for ‘Baigneuse et Satyre ‘ and in ….’ Christopher Buckland Wight August 1999 Excerpt from ‘ John Buckland Wright .The Surrealist Years 1934-1954’ published by Wolseley Fine Arts 1999