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Self-Portrait

William Strang (British, 1859-1921)


Strang entered the etching class at University College, London in 1879, taught for the first time that year by Alphonse Legros, a Frenchman credited with training a generation of England's etchers.

Strang concentrated on etchings with figures rather than on landscapes or architecture. His portrait etchings and engravings were considered his supreme achievement. Among these were a fair number of self-portraits, such as this depiction of himself at work at the age of 36.

"Strang, like Rembrandt, found himself a useful model, and at various periods in his life made a number of etchings of his own portrait."
-Laurence Binyon, 1921

Object Information

artist
William Strang (British, 1859-1921)
creation date
1895
materials
etching
dimensions
8 x 6 in (image)
20-3/4 x 13 in (sheet)
mark descriptions
inscribed in plate, U.L.: W. Strang 95 | signed in pencil, below image, L.R.: Wm Strang
accession number
59.23
credit line
Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors