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Robert Walker Macbeth RA (1848-1910) - 1885 Etching, The Mushroom Gatherers



An ethereal moonlit etching showing a young woman holding a basket against her hip with both hands and leaning forward as she stoops to pick mushrooms, another walking beyond to right, carrying her basket and looking for more, at dawn with trees in the hedgerow to left. The scene is filled with mysticism and diligence of times gone by. The artist has signed and dated to the lower right in graphite. The image has fine areas of expressive plate tone.

The etching has been presented in a burr wood effect frame with gilt detailing and a layered card mount.

On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration.


31.5 x 51cm (12.4" x 20.1")
Framed Size: 47.6 x 67.2cm (18.7" x 26.5")

Artist Biography

Robert Walker Macbeth was a painter and engraver born in Glasgow in 1848. He was the son of painter Norman Macbeth. Macbeth was educated at Edinburgh, in Friedrichsdorf, Germany, and the RSA Schools. He painted landscapes and rustic scenes as well as being one of the first illustrators on The Graphic. A fine etcher, Macbeth was elected RE when the Society was founded. Many of his landscapes were painted in Lincolnshire and in the West Country, although he spent much of his life in London. He exhibited seventy pictures at the RA among which were several hunting scenes. He was elected RE in 1880, RI, 1882, ROI, 1893, RWS, 1901 and RA, 1903. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Tate Gallery and in Adelaide Art Gallery.

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Code qt706
Artist Robert Walker Macbeth RA (1848-1910)
Date 1885
Dimensions 31.5 x 51cm
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Landscape
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