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Tantallon 1932
  • Scottish Art
This print is the last landscape Cameron made, and it shows a panoramic view of Tantallon Castle sitting at the shores of the Firth of Forth. Tantallon is on the East Lothian coast, some eight miles south of Haddington. The castle was built by William Douglas, 1st Earl of Douglas, in about 1350. It was the scene of many battles over the centuries. In 1651 Cromwell sent an army to attack the castle, and after twelve days of bombardment much of it was destroyed. The castle was then abandoned as a fortress and residence, and sold to the Dalrymple Family in 1699. It was taken into state care in 1924, and is now maintained by Historic Scotland.

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Drypoint

A printmaking technique that uses a needle to etch an image directly onto a copper plate. The resulting raised surface, or burr, which holds the ink used in the printmaking process produces a soft, velvety effect.

Etching

A form of printmaking in which a metal plate is covered with a substance called a 'ground', usually wax, into which an image is drawn with a needle. Acid is applied, eroding the areas of the plate exposed but not the areas covered by wax. The action of the acid creates lines in the metal plate that hold the ink from which a print is made when the plate is pressed against paper under pressure.

Drypoint, Etching

Details

  • Acc. No. CAMERON.43
  • Medium Drypoint with basis of etching on paper
  • Size 20.10 x 40.20 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1980