A Collection of Trial Proof Etchings by W. L Wyllie, R.A.

By Roger Quarm, published February 1985


This collection of engravings, presented by the Society for Nautical Research to the National Maritime Museum, complements its extensive holdings of Wyllie’s drawings and watercolours.  Trial proofs of 55 familiar subjects are accompanied by multiple impressions of 19 subjects, including a series of five showing the build up of one plate and a series of ten accompanied by his annotations. These provide rich opportunity to study Wyllie’s techniques of conventional acid bath etching and drypoint, augmented by burnishing, aquatint and mezzotint, and by hand-touching in graphite, wash or pen and ink.

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Subjects include: Art & Music

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