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Bonjour Dated 1986
  • Scottish Art
Symbolism played an important role in Bellany’s work. This etching belongs to a series of portraits Bellany made that return to the imagery of Port Seton and the sea. Many of them are linked to his second wife, Juliet, and her death in 1985. Here, a nude woman, possibly Juliet, is depicted wearing a cat-mask. However, her human eyes engage with the beady eyes of the eagle, claws-bared.

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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.



  • Acc. No. GMA 3001
  • Medium Etching on paper (2/50)
  • Size 33.00 x 49.00 cm (paper 50.00 x 65.00 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1986