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A large zinc plate etching printed by the artist on ivory laid paper with partial watermark reading “VA”; pencil signed in lower right; initialed in the plate, lower right.
“Barques a Bruges” (Barges, Bruge) is Brangwyn’s 60th etching (he did over 330 images), done in 1906. The barge is drawn up against a primitive corn elevator at a dock on a canal in Bruges, Belgium. The artist used a little brown in the ink to give the composition a warmth. He executed the large (for the time) etching on a zinc plate. The subject was etched on the spot.
This work is from the estate of the collector, Roger Epperson. It was exhibited in the 2012 tribute exhibition “The Nature of Collecting. The Early 20th Century Fine Art Collection of Roger Epperson” mounted at Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art.