Self Portrait, 1927
Unmounted (ref: 5828)
Numbered in pencil, blind stamp lower right
printed posthumously by the Executor of the Artist's Estate in an edition of 60
3 3/4 x 5 in. (8.6 x 12.7 cm) plate size
Literature: Pauline Lucas, Evelyn Gibbs Artist & Traveller, Five Leaves, 2001, pp 21-31
This self portrait was made whilst Gibbs was at the Royal College of Art, a year before she applied for and won the coveted Rome Scholarship in Engraving. Compositionally it has much in common with, and might have been inspired by, Henry Fuseli's, Self-portrait of 1770.
Drypoint is a more immediate method of printmaking than
etching, which requires acid to deepen the lines made on the surface
of the metal plate. In drypoint a drawing is made on the plate with an
drypoint needle, scratching the surface in such a way that a soft burr
is produced, giving a characteristic velvety appearance. Generally
only a few prints are made from the plate.
We are grateful to Todd Longstaffe-Gowan for assistance.
Evelyn Gibbs (1905-1991)
Printmaker, draughtsman, painter and teacher, born in Liverpool, where she studied at the School of Art, 1922-6; at the Royal College of Art, 1926-9; then at British School at Rome, 1929-31. Taught at Goldsmiths College of Art and showed at the RA, NEAC, RE and other major venues. Morley Gallery held a posthumous exhibition in 1994. Gibbs was a fine draughtswoman in the classical tradition and her work is held by the Arts Council, the Tate Gallery, the Ashmolean Museum and other public collections.
Like many of the artists who studied at the British School at Rome - Monnington and Stroudley, for instance - having amply demonstrated a remarkable facility for realism, she latterly moved increasingly towards abstraction.
Selected Literature: Pauline Lucas, Evelyn Gibbs, Artist and Traveller, Five Leaves Publications, 2001.
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