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East River, Sunset
© The Family of James and Marguerite McBey

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East River, Sunset 1934

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This etching is based on a drawing made in New York in March 1930. The print shows the sunset over the East River, seen from the Williamsburg Bridge. Brooklyn is on the left and the skyscrapers of New York can be seen on the right, the two areas joined by the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges. The artist first visited America in 1929-30, when an exhibition of his portraits was on display in Chicago. Two years later, McBey married Marguerite Loeb, an American citizen, and the couple divided their time between the United States, Britain and Morocco. However, they were prevented from leaving the country for a period of seven years from 1939, due to the outbreak of the Second World War which affected their visas. Scottish by birth, McBey became an American citizen in 1942.

Glossary Open


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.


An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Etching, Print


  • Acc. No. GMA 416
  • Medium Etching and drypoint on paper (no. 23)
  • Size 20.80 x 35.30 cm (paper 31.90 x 45.60 cm)
  • Credit Bequeathed by Mr George Liston-Foulis 1958