Anthony BenjaminBright Hemisphere Blue 1959,1999

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Anthony Benjamin (1931‑2002)
Bright Hemisphere Blue
Date 1959,1999
MediumEtching on paper
Dimensionsunconfirmed: 510 x 410 mm
Acquisition Purchased 2000
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms


This boxed portfolio consists of seven prints accompanied by seven poems by the Scottish poet W.S. Graham (1918-86). The group of poems is entitled The Seven Letters and each is titled Letter I to Letter VII. Each print is folded within a double-sized sheet on which a poem is printed. Nevertheless, the artist said that the images did not correspond to specific poems. Each print has its own title: Verbs of the Sea, Earl, Bright Hemisphere Blue, Cramasie, Emerald Depths, Prisms of Water, and Element. The prints are all etchings with aquatint, and both they and the poems are printed on Somerset TP paper.

The production of the prints spanned two moments. In 1957, after two years living near St Ives in Cornwall, Benjamin enrolled at Atelier 17 in Paris, the teaching studio of the innovative printmaker S.W. Hayter. Benjamin was a friend of W.S… (read more)

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