Please note that this etching is shipped to the buyer without a frame or mat. This keeps the price reasonable and also allows the collector a wide range of choice in framing selection. For shipment, a sturdy cardboard box is employed. The etching is first wrapped in two layers of acid free glassine and then placed between two archival boards. This is next placed into the shipping box and securely packed with bubble wrap. The price does not include any shipment costs. This etching is executed on three individual zinc plates and printed with oil-based, French etching ink on Stonehenge brand paper color-gray this batch made in UK. Each zinc plate measures five inches high by four inches wide 12.700cm by 10.160cm the full image size—with separation spaces between the plates—is about five inches high by 12.5 inches wide 12.700cm by 31.000cm the print’s paper size is ten-inches high by twenty-two inches wide 25.400cm by 55.880cm. The artist hand-printed the work himself at The Center for Works on Paper within The Open Printmaking Studio, at Fleisher Art in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US.
The studio techniques included aquatint, drypoint, and intaglio. This FIRST EDITION is from an extremely small edition of only five prints moreover, only two additions editions of five prints will be executed in different color. This combination monoprint and etching uses very specialized wiping techniques. The image is from a bas-relief over the main door of the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral 38thLudlow Streets. Mr. Gie Liem photographed the work for the artist to use as a study. The terracotta bas relief dates from the late-1800’s artist unknown, but under research, and is one of the few artworks to survive a destructive church fire in 1902, when the building was know as The Church of the Savior. What makes this work unique is the presence of an African-American slave with his broken chains at Christ’s feet.