Edward Burra b.1905
P03008 Mrs Pott 1971
Etching and aquatint, 9¾ x 10¿ (24·8 x 27) on Sanders paper, 18¿ x 18¿ (46 x 47·3).
Each print inscribed below the plate‘40/75’ b.l. and ‘E J Burra’ b.r.
Presented by Alexander Postan 1973.
P03008 to P03010 were printed by the Print Workshop and published as a folio of three etchings by Alexander Postan in 1972.
The following note is based on information kindly supplied by Alexander Postan (letter of 24 January 1974).
Although Burra made a group of woodcuts between 1928 and 1930, including P01002 to P01005 he did not produce any more prints until 1971 when Alexander Postan proposed to him that he should etch three prints. Burra had not etched before and was quite interested in trying what was, to him, a new medium, although the process of etching is comparable to drawing, which the artist has done throughout his career. Postan supplied him with three zinc plates, one in the autumn of 1971 and two more in spring 1972. Burra used an etching point and a ‘handy’ kitchen fork for the etching and etched ‘Mrs Pot’ in October/November 1971, ‘Wednesday Night’ in March 1972 and ‘Drag Queen’ in April 1972. He did not make any preparatory sketches…