Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
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Traces of the Wake: The Etching Revival in Britain and Beyond


Published 2015 by Te Pātaka Toi Adam Art Gallery at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
48 pages
296mm x 187mm, softcover, colour illustrations
With contributions from David Maskill, Kari Schmidt, Eleanor Lee-Duncan, Michael Boyes, Anna Rigg, Simon Gennard, Darius Balfoort, Lucy Jackson, Georgina Keyse, Jaz O’Donnell, Ashleigh Hutchinson.
ISBN: 978-1-877309-33-5

Traces of the Wake brought together more than 60 original prints from private and public collections by British, Australian, French and New Zealand artists working between 1850 and 1930 who were at the vanguard of what has come to be known as The Etching Revival. David Maskill and his Honours’ students delved into this neglected period, when printmakers produced finely crafted prints for an eager market of fine art connoisseurs and a middle-class hungry for traditional subjects in a world that was rapidly changing. The exhibition was structured around the works of three master etchers—Rembrandt, Charles Meryon, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler—who were invoked by the Etching Revivalists as source and inspiration. It examined ‘traces’ of their legacy in the subjects, styles and processes that were carried over in the practices of British artists such as Muirhead Bone, David Young Cameron, and Francis Seymour Hayden; Australians such as Lionel Lindsay and Mortimer Menpes, and New Zealanders: Harry Linley Richardson, Trevor Lloyd, Mina Arndt, and Frederick Vincent Ellis.

Published with the support of Woolf Photography and the Art History Programme, Victoria University of Wellington.