his one of three very fine etchings and drypoints currently on offer in my Iconic Edinburgh online shop - all of them show images of heavy horses at work.
This one is entitled: Carting Seaweed.
It shows a cart completely loaded up with seaweed. Brrr. it looks very cold and bleak - the seaweed gatherer tucks himself down against the elements and wraps a little cloak around his shoulders.
The seashore is covered with water and in the background are choppy waves - it is certainly a very blustery day and Soper adds streaks of drypoint to the right-hand side of the image to suggest heavy rains sweeping across the beach. The heroic cart-horse continues on drawing his heavy load behind him.
You can certainly see Soper's love of horses in his artworks - they are often sketched from life and on the spot. His depiction of working horses is perhaps the most complete and accomplished record of the life of these heavy horses ever made.
George Soper was an expert printmaker and conservationist. He gained most recognition during his lifetime as an etcher, and later as a wood engraver. Over a career spanning three decades, he produced more than 500 fine prints.
Both the British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, include examples of his etchings in their collections.
This lovely print is in fabulous condition with nice dark lines and lots of velvety drypoint still present.
Dimensions: Platemark is 20 x 25 cm. Frame size: 36 x 38.5 cm.
The sheet has not been laid down (as photographed) and the etching has before sale been given a fresh clean mount and new simple black frame - so that you can hang it straight on your wall.
There are no condition issues with the etching - and as nice an impression as you might hope to find.
A fair asking price for this nicely presented pencil-signed fine-art impression.
UK postage for Royal Mail Recorded post will cost £10 and it will be applied to your order at the checkout.