Albany E Howarth (1872-1936)
King’s College, Aberdeen, c.1918
Etching on Whatman paper
Sheet dimensions: 29.6 x 46.8 cms
Plate dimensions: 23.8 x 30.8 cms
A good, clean image, signed in pencil in lower right margin and inscribed ‘No. 2 Trial’, lower left.
This is a trial pull from the plate, with a margin of 16 mm between the upper margin of the inked image and the top of the plate. Presumably, the plate size was reduced, since there seems no discrepancy between the final image and this trial version, although the delicate etched lines are notably less robust than those in the finished print. According to the Albany E Howarth website , this image is one of a series of 6 Scottish subjects printed at the Charles Welch Studios. Three prints from the series are with Lloyd Ellis, including The Dochart at Killin and Craigmillar Castle in addition to King’s College, Aberdeen.
Howarth trained as a commercial draughtsman and was a watercolourist as well as printmaker. It is, however, his command of the intaglio process, ranging from a subtle delicacy to a rich, deep drypoint line, which marks him out as a significant figure in the etching revival of the early 20th century.