PressNorth printmakers were very pleased to host Ron McBurnie at their recent December meeting, where he presented and spoke about over one hundred examples from his print collection. Many of the rare and well preserved prints would not be seen outside a specialized museum or gallery, and seldom in one space, as these were.
There were engravings from contemporaries and followers of Albrecht Durer, Anthony Van Dyck and many other old and rare prints, some done during the original artist’s life (lifetime prints). Some framed English portrait Mezzotints were highlights, but with so many great quality prints from a number of well known artists, it was difficult to pick which were more popular.
Two of the more recent works were from William Lee Hankey. A number of ‘Little Masters’ were of interest, not to mention a wood engraving of Thomas Bewick and work by William Blake. A large engraving (pictured) after Peter Rubens oil painting, ‘The Hippopotamus and crocodile Hunt’, 1615-16 depicting a tremendous battle between man and beast was another exceptional work.
Thanks, Ron for a wonderful display and talk on a great selection of prints.
Written by PressNorth member Tony Fitzsimmons