David Young Cameron Rightly regarded as one of the greatest masters of the British school of landscape and architectural etching, David Young Cameron started his career in business while studying part-time at the Glasgow School of Art. He abandoned his career in commerce at the age of twenty and produced his first etching two years later (1887). By the time he created his last etching (1932), Cameron had left an oeuvre of exactly 500 works of art, many of which are now considered as masterworks of original etching and engraving. David Young Cameron was a full member of the Royal Academy, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Royal Engravers. He was also knighted for his contribution to British art. Most of Cameron’s early works of art, committed purely in etching, depict Scottish scenes. Such is the case with Glasgow Scene, which may have been created for a 1891 series of twenty-three etchings depicting old Glasgow buildings. From 1892 to 1909 the artist frequently visited the Continent and created many architectural views in Holland, France, Italy and Egypt. After 1911 Cameron again almost entirely devoted his art to the Scottish landscape. Unlike his earlier Scottish views, “By 1905 Cameron was making drypoint additions to his etching in order to achieve a greater depth and richness in the shadows, and soon drypoint was to take over, culminating in the Scottish landscapes.”
“The Itchen, Near Winchester” from the Set of Twenty Etchings, Pencil signed etching and dry point, printed and signed by D Y Cameron. Most of his pencil signed works are approximate 220. This is a signed impression BEFORE the larger unsigned works were published in Collection of Twenty Original Engravings by D. Y. Cameron.
This portfolio published in the UNSIGNED EDITION, included Winchester Cathedral; Almshouses, St Cross Hospital; On the Wye at Haddon; On the Test; Old Farm; Distant View of Winchester and St Cross; The Deanery, Winchester; Ware; The Chapel, Haddon Hall; The Lea, near Ryehouse; The Lea above Hare; Beaufort’s Tower, St Cross; The Itchen, Near Winchester; Dovedale; The Valley of the Lathkill; On the Bradford; The Lea, Near Ware; The Windings of the Wye; Near Braseford; Kingsgate, Winchester.
It measures 3.5 by 6 inches and in good condition, recently lifted from being lain down and professionally cleaned ($150.00 value).