This is a very quirky etching by the celebrated British printmaker, Edmund Blampied.
Blampied is noted for his etchings and drypoints published at the height of the print boom in the 1920s during the Etching Revival mania. This work is represented in the major graphics collections worldwide.
This strange etching by Blampied is entitled: A Market Argument.
A great print is you know someone who likes to haggle and squabble at markets!
Here we see two elderly ladies at a market - they are certainly giving it a good go - and both tongues and fingers are wagging - you can almost hear them arguing.
Love the little duck in the basket of the standing lady to the left.
In the background - a stall-holder looks on at the squabbling from underneath his large market stall canopy. He has probably seen it all before.
The image is certainly beautifully drawn by Blampied and the inking of the plate is superb.
This is a very rich impression with lots of drypoint burr, printed on cream wove paper. This impression has a nice crisp pronounced platemark. The sheet is loose and without issue - it has not been laid down or stuck to an old backing board - so in pretty good vintage condition.
It is dated in the plate 1929.
It is signed below in ink by Blampied and edition number 20/100 - so a nice low edition number.
Image size: 27 x 26.5 cm
Sold with a cream mount - but unframed.
Mount size is 43.5 x 39.5 cm