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James McBey
Artist and Model

1925

$750

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Artist and Model. 1925. Etching. Hardie catalog 223 state .vi. 8 3/4 x 5 3/4. Edition 500. A fine impression on the full sheet of wove paper. Signed in ink. This is a delightful self-portrait. It is the frontispiece to the catalogue raisonne of the artist's early work by Martin Hardie. Etchings and Dry-Points by James McBey. 1902-1924. London: P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., 1925. Housed in a 20 x 16-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. The artist is pictured in the left foreground with his back to the viewer; his wife faces the viewer. This is a charming study of the couple in an outdoor cafe in Venice. Born in Newburgh near Aberdeen, James McBey attended evening classes at Graydon's School of Art and taught himself etching, building his own press at the age of fifteen. He moved to London to prepare for a one-man show at Goupil's Gallery, and shortly after this highly successful first show, he traveled to Morocco with James Kerr Lawson, beginning a long association with North Africa. McBey enlisted in the military in 1916. His pictures of the Somme led to his appointment as an Official War Artist. In 1917 he was sent to Egypt where he completed some 300 watercolors of the campaign in Egypt and Palestine. v McBey visited America in 1929, where he met Marguerite Loeb in Philadelphia. The two married in 1930 and, together, they settled in the region of North Africa, buying a house in Tangier and another in Marrakesh. McBey lived in America during World War II and was even able to find some work, but in 1946 they returned to Tangier where McBey continued to work until his death in 1959. His etchings are varied in subject, but all show his excellent draughtmanship and his sense of light. He was particularly good at depicting the North African desert, water scenes and cities such as New York, Venice and Rotterdam.

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