Gertrude Hermes

Ring Net Fishers


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Gertrude Hermes 1901–1983
Linocut on paper
Image: 558 × 755 mm
Purchased 1984

Catalogue entry

Gertrude Hermes 1901-1983

P77071 Ring Net Fishers 1955

Linocut 558 x 755 (22 x 29 3/4) on T.H. Saunders paper 687 x 901 (27 x 35 1/2); watermark ‘THSAUNDERS'; printed and published by the artist in a second edition of 10
Inscribed ‘Ring net Fishers 2nd Edition 1/10' below image b.l. and ‘Gertrude Hermes 1955' below image b.r.
Purchased from the artist's daughter Judy Russell (Grant-in-Aid) 1984

In 1945 Hermes began to introduce colour into her graphic work. This was done in two ways; either by adding colour to her wood engravings, or by making linocuts which were printed in colour. P77071 is an example of the latter, and is printed using black, lilac, fuschia pink and blue inks. In Gertrude Hermes's retrospective exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in Oct.-Nov.1967, no.106 in the catalogue was ‘Study for "Ring-Net Fishers"' c.1955, pen and wash on white paper, 14 x 14 in., (private collection). David Brown, in his catalogue note for the Gertrude Hermes exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1981, stated that many of the artist's lino-cuts were based on drawings done while on visits to friends living in the country. Gertrude Hermes had been the friend of Naomi Mitchison since the mid 1920s, and provided the illustrations for Mitchison's book The Alban Goes Out, published in 1939. Hermes stayed on many occasions at Mitchison's home at Carradale, in the Mull of Kintyre, Scotland and the drawing for ‘Ring Net Fishers' was executed there. Naomi Mitchison contributed a note on Gertrude Hermes for the artist's Whitechapel Art Gallery exhibition in 1967 in which she related how ‘Gert ... likes doing practical jobs, ... likes going out with the fishing boats, but hopes one day to catch a salmon because of the skill involved in casting the fly' [p.7]. P77071 depicts five fisherman on a boat hauling in a circular or ‘ring’ net which is one of the ways salmon are caught off the Scottish coast.

Published in:
The Tate Gallery 1984-86: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions Including Supplement to Catalogue of Acquisitions 1982-84, Tate Gallery, London 1988, p.380

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