Sir Hubert von Herkomer, R. A. (1849-1914) in collaboration with Norman Hirst (1862-c. 1955)


Mixed method engraving by Herkomer and Hirst

21 1/2 x 15 1/4 inches

Published by Henry Graves & Co., 1899

Herkomer devised a method of engraving he termed, modestly, 'Herkomergravure'. He would ink by hand and with swabs of cloth on a lithographic stone, take a monotype from it, and photo-engrave the result onto a copper plate. This gave a very free and soft effect. . . . But then, on the copper plate, mezzotint has been applied by Hirst to build the skin contours of the face and shoulders, and etching has been used to give the hair and leaves form. This combination of methods, giving 'soft' and 'hard' effects, make this engraving extremely striking. It is likely to have been Hirst's own impression.