The Departure - Design for an Etching, 1928
Framed (ref: 55)
Signed, dated and inscribed with title
Pen and ink over pencil on paper,
5 1/2 x 6 3/4 in. (14 x 17 cm.)
Tags: Evelyn Gibbs British School of Rome
Evelyn Gibbs was the 1929 British School at Rome Scholar in Engraving.
, 1928, is one of Gibbs' most evocative pre-Rome images.
The monumentality of the figures owes as much to J. F. Millet as it
does to the Italian Primitives. Gibbs reworked the composition of The
in her first Rome etching, Morning
, (January 1930), which
shows two figures and a child, the man setting off to work in the
sunlit fields beyond their gate.
For The Departure
, Gibbs initially indicated an edition of 50, then reduced it to 40. Probably she printed far fewer.
We are grateful to Pauline Lucas for her assistance.