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Percy Thomas RE (1846-1922) - 1888 Etching, Swanage Pier



A charming etching by British printmaker Percy Thomas showing Swanage Pier in Dorset. A small coastal town known for its picturesque views, Thomas has perfectly captured the tranquil atmosphere. With a subtle aquatint the moonlit waters beautifully reflect the rickety wooden pier. Laid to backing card and signed, inscribed and dated within the plate. On watermarked laid.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration. With foxing spots visible across the page.


16.2 x 23.5cm (6.4" x 9.3")
Sheet: 26.5 x 35.3cm (10.4" x 13.9")

Artist Biography

Painter and etcher born in Brentford, London. His father Ralph Thomas was allegedly a collector, etcher and friend of Whistler but in fact, he was also a Serjeant-at-law which was the equivalent of a senior judge. Thomas studied under Whistler, Auguste Delatre (1822-1907) and at the Royal Academy Schools under Millais. He was elected Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 1881 and exhibited at the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Dudley Gallery Art Society, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Society of British Artists, Royal Institute of Oil Painters and at the Art Gallery. Several etchings by Thomas are in the collections of the Ashmolean Museum, Auckland Art Gallery, New Zealand and the V&A. His death was recorded in Hailsham, Sussex and was buried at nearby Hellingly.


Swanage, Dorset, England, United Kingdom

More Information
Code pm924
Artist Percy Thomas RE (1846-1922)
Date 1888
Dimensions 16.2 x 23.5cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Seascape & Coastal
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