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Engraver Engraving (Self-Portrait)

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William H. Berkeley, Engraver Engraving (Self-Portrait), 1950, engraving on paper, The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection, © unknown, research required, 80.122.244

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Title

Engraver Engraving (Self-Portrait)

Artist

William H. Berkeley (American, active mid-20th century)

Date

1950

Medium

engraving on paper

Edition

artist's proof

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 9 7/8 in x 7 7/8 in; sheet: 13 3/16 in x 10 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature/maker's mark: LR "Berkely"

inscription: BC "Engraver Engraving - Self Portrait"

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

American

Credit Line

The Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Graphic Arts Collection

Accession Number

80.122.244

Copyright

© unknown, research required

Terms

engravers

engraving

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

self-portraits

Description

Little is known about William H. Berkeley, who presents himself completely absorbed in the task of engraving. The energetic line gives a sense of the concentration of the artist, who pushes his tool across the surface of the copper. Traditionally, artists place the copper on a small pad, which allows them to turn the plate as they work, an effect Berkeley creates with multiple lines to suggest movement. Berkeley gives no indication of his features, clothing, or surroundings; this self-portrait, then, strips the personality of the artist away to present the pure act of creation.

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