This is an etching by the celebrated Scottish printmaker, Ernest Stephen Lumsden.
He was a gifted printmaker and painter and was largely self-taught as an etcher.
His earliest etched works date to 1902 when the young artist was living in Paris. In 1906 six of his etchings were exhibited at the Society of Painters and Gravers and the following year two more were shown at the Salon in Paris.
By 1908 he had settled in Edinburgh, where he took up a position at the Edinburgh College of Art.
Lumsden was a great traveller and undertook trips to British Columbia in Canada, Japan, Korea, Beijing and Burma. He made a wonderful series of etchings documenting his stay in India - a country he would visit many times.
In 1914 Lumsden was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers, and in 1924 he published The Art of Etching, which remains a standard work on the subject.
In 1929 he became President of the Society of Artist Printmakers and in 1933 was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh.
Works by Lumsden are in the collections of the Tate, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, amongst others.
This carefully rendered etching is No. 3 in a series of etchings (entitled Paris in Construction) that he produced showing building work across the city of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century.
This is signed in pencil below, annotated with the number "3) and with an inscription, all as photographed.
It is a harder to find impression from the Parisian series - and is in excellent condition.
It is being sold unframed - but with a new conservation quality window mount.
Given it is a very early work by Lumsden, as well as its relative rarity and its fine condition - it is being sold at a fair price.
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