Shore scene, etching, signed l/l, 6" x 10.5"
11.5" x 18" sheet, 13"
About the Etching: Excellent condition; new mat and frame.
About the Artist: A Painter and engraver, he was born in Stourbridge,
Worcestershire. Short abandoned his early
career as an engineer for art, which he studied
at South Kensington and Westminster School
of Art. He won gold medals for engraving
at the Paris Salon in 1889 and 1900. In 1891
he was appointed Director of Engraving at
the Royal College of Art; later becoming
Professor in 1913. Short became Treasurer
of the Royal Academy (1919-32) as well as
Master of the Art Workers Guild. He was knighted
in 1911 for his services. Short retired from
the Royal College in 1924. He succeeded Sir
Francis Haden and became President of the
Royal Society of Etchers in 1910 to 1938.
He had a seminal influence on British print
making and might be considered the father
of the British etching Boom, for he taught
many of the next two generations of printmakers
writing extensive books on the method of
etching, engraving and mezzotints. Short
is also well known for reviving mezzotint
engraving in Britain as an original creative
medium. At Ruskin's suggestion, Short embarked
on completing Turner's Liber Studiorum. He
later adapted the medium to contemporary
country and urban landscape scenes, exploiting
its tonal qualities. Exhibited: Royal Academy
Royal Institute of Painters, Royal Society
of British Painters, Royal Society of British
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