News-Antique.com - May 03,2010 - French Etching is the process of using strong acid or mordant to cut into the unprotected parts of a metal surface to create a design in intaglio. As an intaglio method of printmaking it is, along with engraving, the most important technique for old master prints, and remains widely used today. This is the original frame, and matting for this etching. Although the etching is signed on the plate on the back it is impossible to read as time has done its work on the lettering. This is the 4th issue of a copper plating; inked and painted by hand, this French etching, is an artist's proof original in color, it is also a handmade proof, published in Paris and is a Limited Edition; the plate was destroyed after the limited editions were completed. This was all done in Paris and then purchased by Illinois Art Industries for sale in America. Designed area is the main river going through the city of Courtille, France the Eure river in northern France, a left-bank tributary of the Seine, with a length of 140 miles it flows chiefly through fields and wooded regions, receiving numerous tributaries, including the Blaise, the Avre, and the Iton. In this rendition the churches of St. Peter and St. Aignan are noted in the background. The title is on the left hand side of the etching reads "L'Eure A La Courtille" France. Circa: 1895-1920 era. On Sale for 20% off.