James Robert Granville Exley RE, St Peter at Gowts Church, Lincoln 1905 etching

An original 1905 etching print, James Robert Granville Exley RE St Peter at Gowts Church, Lincoln.

A very fine and richly symbolic etching of St Peter at Gowts church in Lincoln. The figures possibly relate to St Peter and the early Romano-British occupation of the site where the church is built - a winged Romano-British deity (Arimanius) is depicted on a re-used carved stone that is set high in the western face of the church tower. The crossed keys in the coat of arms to the upper left of the image symbolise the keys of heaven entrusted to Simon Peter.

This print is the first proof after the plate was steel-faced.

Pencil signed below the image lower right. Pencil inscribed bottom left of the sheet: "1st finished proof after plate was steel-faced. Jan 14th 1905 JRGE". Inscribed in the plate lower left: "'St Peter at Gowts.' Lincoln. J.R.G. Exley. 1905".
In good condition for its age. There is a spot of foxing at the upper left of the image as shown.
Image size: 17.2cm x 11.9cm.
Sheet size: 27.9cm x 22.2cm. 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-704

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