A Border Castle, etching, pencil signed l/l, c. 1927,
6.75" x 11.75" plate, 9.25"
x 15" sheet, 16.5" x 19.5"
About the Etching: Very good condition. Appears as a plate in British Printmakers 1855-1955 by Garton & Co.
About the Artist: Painter in oil and water-colour and etcher
of landscape subjects. Born in Tulse Hill,
Brixton, London, on 29th March 1869. As a
boy he was attracted to the illustrations
in Harper's Magazine, which he copied in
colour. These were shown to Mr. Sparkes of
the R.C.A. who was impressed by the quality
of the work. As a result the boy entered
the R.C.A. where he studied under Sparkes
1887-90. He later attended the evening classes
at the Lambeth and Westminster Schools of
Art. He was much influenced by Daniel Alexander
Williamson, a painter of the Liverpoor Schol,
and for many months they worked together
at Williamson's home in Broughton-in-Furness.
At first he painted water-colours and produced
some etchings, but later worked increasingly
in oil. He painted widely in the North Country,
particularly in Yorkshire and the Upper Furness
district, and also in many other parts of
England and Wales. Travelled in Spain, Italy
and France. Exhibited at the R.A. from 1890.
Elected A.R.E. 1891, R.E. 1895 (membership
ceased 1916, but re-elected A.R.A. 1920,
R.A. 1927 and Senior Academician 1945. First
one-man show held in 1898 at the Dowdeswell
Gallery. Represented in many public collections
at home and abroad. Lived for some years
at Sutton, near Pulborough, Sussex, and later
at Ulverston, Lancashire, where he died on
5th December 1957. His son, Claude Muncaster,
is a well-known artist. - from the Dictionary of British Artists Working 1900-1950 by Grant M. Waters.
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