James Robert Granville Exley RE, 394 Siege Battery Great War Mesopotamia etching

An original early 20th-century etching print, James Robert Granville Exley RE 394 Siege Battery Great War Mesopotamia.

An fine and interesting etching commemorating the campaigns of the 394 Siege Battery during World War I, 1914-1919. The montage of ten scenes includes: Italy - Camouflaged Road; Arab Horseman; Bagdad; Mesopotamia; Jerusalem outside the Wales; Crusader; Mount of Olives from the Temple; Jaffa Gate; Mosque of Omar; and Church of the Holy Sepulchre".

On laid paper.

Initialled in the plate lower right. Inscribed in the plate top and bottom: "With the '394 Siege Battery', R.G.A. In the Great War: 1914-1919. By the days we spent together We are kin as ne'er before."
In good condition for its age. There is a very small nick to the edge of the sheet lower right, and a small crease across the far lower left corner of the sheet.
Image size: 32.3cm x 24cm.
Sheet size: 39cm x 28.2cm. Unframed.

This print forms part of a collection of works we have for sale by James Robert Granville Exley RE (1878-1967).

James Robert Granville Exley RE (1878-1967) is best known for his detailed and characterful etchings of chickens and other fowl. He also produced portraits of the wealthy and landscapes and town scenes, particularly of his native Yorkshire. He developed an extremely fine etching technique, often combined with drypoint, aquatint and tonal printing.

Exley was born at Great Horton, Bradford in West Yorkshire. He studied at Bradford Grammar School, Skipton Art School and then at the Royal College of Art, London under Sir Frank Short. He was elected an associate of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers in 1905, before graduating from the RCA in 1907, and then becoming a fellow of the RE in 1922. He worked for a time in Paris, and went on to become Principal of the Cambridge and County School of Art 1909-12, and then Head of Hull School of Art 1912-19. Exley exhibited widely from 1906, including at the Royal Academy, Redfern Gallery and Connell & Sons in London, and the Glasgow Institute. He was also commissioned to paint miniature paintings for Queen Mary or a royal dolls house.

His work is in numerous public collections including the British Museum, National Trust, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 

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Product code: JE-709

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