This work by Stanley William Hayter—undisputedly the most influential person in modern Western printmaking—is an Intaglio print made from engraving and scorper on a copper plate. It has an alternate title of “Chiromancy”.
This impression was made in the summer of 1973 at Atelier 17 by Hayter, with assistance from Hector Saunier and Rigmor Poenaru, for the Nine Engravings portfolio published in 1974 by Association American Artists, New York. This engraving was previously printed in 1935 on Montval eighteenth-century paper in an edition limited to 30 impressions, only five of which were recorded. The plate was cancelled after the 1973 edition by engraving a signature which prints in reverse.
This picture was used as the title page in Brian Coffey’s 1936 collection of poems Third Person. Four impressions were made by Barry Cottrell in Oxford in 1988 using the cancelled plate.
Intaglio print in black ink from an engraving and scorper on copper plate.
Individually hand-made sheets by the legendary (and now shuttered) Barcham Green paper mill.
Associated American Artists, New York
Hector Saunier and Rigmor Poenaru
Plate made in the Summer of 1973; published 1974.
Hand-signed and dated in pencil by the artist en recto lower right. Numbered in pencil en recto lower left. Titled en recto center.
This is impression 41 out of the edition of 100 (aside from artist’s proofs I-XX).
Now unframed but price includes framing before delivery using conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition, without damage or flaw; impression bright, crisp, and clear.
16 in. (w) x 20 in. (h)
11.25 in. (w) x 15.75 in. (h)
8.625 in. (w) x 12 in. (h)
148 mm x 200 mm
Black & Moorhead The Prints of Stanley William Hayter: A Complete Catalogue 89.