The Solway at Midday. 1891. Etching. Hardie 269.iii. 3 3/4 x 9 7/8 (sheet 6 1/4 x 12). Edition 50. A dramatic, tonal impression printed on vellum. Signed in pencil. $275.
Hardie writes, page 142: "Open water occupies the center of the plate. A boat is moored on the nearside and tohte right of it isa tide market. The Solway is calm. The far-side bank, to the upper right, is composed of fields and trees. The shoreline on the upper left side recedes into the distance, where hills are lightly indicated. A few birds are in the sky. Reflections of the far bank and vegetation can be seen in the water."
The etching is encapsulated in mylar because vellum, when damp, tries to return to the shape of a calf, kid, or lamb.
The Solway Firth is an inlet of the Irish Sea on the border of Scotland and England.
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