Etching on paper by the Artist Mortimer Menpes "A Breton Beggar" 1883
Signed in the plate, lower right.
Image area measures 5 1/4" x 8"
paper size 10 3/4" x 14 1/2"
Mortimer Luddington Menpes (1855-1938)
Menpes painted in oil and watercolour as well as being a prolific printmaker, producing over 700 etchings and drypoints during his career to great acclaim. A definitive catalog raisonne of his printed works was published in 2012 which also included an extensive biography and his exhibition history.
He developed a special form of colour etching and exhibited colored etchings at Dowdeswell's Gallery in London in late 1911/early 1912. He was also a pioneer, with Carl Hentschel (1864–1926), in the development of techniques to reproduce colored art works in book form.