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Portrait of John Masefield

William Strang (British, 1859-1921)

Among those who sat for Strang, England's best portrait engraver, were such literary lions as Rudyard Kipling, Robert Louis Stevenson, Thomas Hardy and John Masefield, a poet of the sea. Masefield is immortalized by the lines: "I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and sky; And all I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by." Strang's mezzotinted portrait, printed by his son David in 1909, corresponded with the publication of Masefield's first novels.

"John Masefield, now Poet-Laureate, when he came to London as a young man, formed an immediate friendship with my father, who kept open house on Sunday nights for supper, and he often used to come."
-David Strang

Object Information

William Strang (British, 1859-1921)
creation date
mezzotint chine collé
18 x 18 in (image)
19-3/4 x 18-3/4 in (plate)
24 x 21 in (sheet
mark descriptions
inscribed in pencil, below image, L.L.: 704 (g76) John Masefield No. 3 Final St. | signed in pencil, below image, L.R.: Wm. Strang fec. / DS; signed in pencil, below image, L.L.: David Strang imp.
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Carl H. Lieber Memorial Fund
Public Domain
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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