Stanley William Hayter

Tropic of Cancer

About this artwork

Here, the extremely high relief of the main engraved lines is set against an elaborate, textured background of soft-ground etching. Hayter has experimented by pressing various textiles, crumpled paper, leaves and even palm prints onto a soft ground laid on an etching plate. When these items were removed, the impressions were etched onto the metal surface, providing a backdrop for his signature whiplash lines.

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  • title:
    Tropic of Cancer
  • accession number:
    GMA 771
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  • materials:
    Engraving, scorper and soft-ground etching on paper (28/50)
  • date created:
    Dated 1949
  • measurements:
    55.40 x 69.50 cm (paper 68.90 x 84.40 cm)
  • credit line:
    Presented by Mr William Wilson 1961
  • copyright:
    © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2018

Stanley William Hayter

Stanley William Hayter