A Sale of Prints

A Sale of Prints, by William Strang R.A. (1859-1921). 1889. Source: Newbolt, Plate XII. [Click on the image to enlarge it.]

This scene gives unusual insight into a sphere of activity that was very important to the artistic community of which Strang was a part. According to Frank Newbolt, it is a "laborious composition of an actual scene, some of the faces being portraits" (17). Nevertheless, it has a lighter side too: Newbolt finds a "humorous touch" in the "pose of the auctioneers's clerk" (18), peering over the rails just below the auctioneer at the far right, as he follows the bidding.

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Newbolt, Frank. Etchings of William Strang, A.R.A.. London: G. Newnes / New York: Scribner's, [1907]. Internet Archive. Contributed by the University of California Libraries. Web. 9 March 2015.

Created 8 March 2015