Lament of the Crucified Fish by John Bellany limited edition print

Lament of the Crucified Fish by John Bellany limited edition print


This limited edition lithographic print was made by John Bellany in 2004. The lithograph is titled ‘Lament of the Crucified Fish’ and is one in a series of six deluxe edition lithographs from a collector’s edition portfolio titled ‘The Eyemouth Disaster’. 

Bellany exhibited with the National Galleries of Scotland many times during his lifetime and has over 70 artworks in the Scottish Collection. He was born nearby in the fishing village of Port Seton, south of Edinburgh. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art, and whilst a student he famously exhibited his artworks on the railings of the National Gallery of Scotland on the Mound. 

Bellany’s work of the 1960s and 1970s dealt with original sin, guilt, sex and death. His characteristic paintings are large compositions featuring his own personal symbolism, often derived from the sea and from religion, two elements that dominated his childhood. The flawed nature of humanity was usually central to his paintings.

This series of prints depict the horror of the Eyemouth disaster, which was a severe storm that struck the south-eastern coast of Scotland in 1881. One hundred and eighty-nine fishermen died, most of whom were from the village of Eyemouth. Bellany’s family were from Eyemouth; his grandfather was born on the day of the catastrophe.

The print is created using a technique called lithography. This method allowed Bellany to draw the image in oil onto a smooth, level lithographic limestone plate. The impression was taken from this drawing. Each special edition print in ‘The Eyemouth Disaster’ series was editioned 100 times and hand signed and numbered by the artist.

The print requires specific handling and packaging.  Shipped in custom tubing by courier. You can alternatively arrange to collect from any of our shops by completing the special instructions as part of the checkout process. 

  • Size 74 x 54 cm (Unmounted)
  • Medium Hand drawn lithograph
  • Edition Limited to 50 numbered editions
  • Frame Unframed and unmounted
  • Publisher John Bellany Studio Edition

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