Elizabeth Harvey-Lee

The Scyther (1911 to 1911 England)



Width 81.00mm wide [3.19 inches wide]
Height 106.00mm high [4.17 inches high]


Slight foxing. Some skinning on the reverse.

Description / Expertise

Butler's parents emigrated to New Zealand and the artist grew up there and received his first art training in Wellington, but most of his subsequent years, from the age of twenty-six, were spent in England (though in 1918 he would be commissioned as an official New Zealand war artist).
When he returned to England in 1898, Butler attended Lambeth School of Art and also studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and at the Antwerp Academy.
Though not known as a printmaker, he was obviously moved to try monotype, the most painterly of all printmaking techniques, the ink being manipulated directly on the surface of the plate and a single impression printed with hand pressure.

The Scyther
Monochrome brown monotype, c1911. the matric initialled. Signed in pencil and annotated "A monotype". Printed on wove paper, front-mounted, presumably by the artist, the dark brown mount being signed and dated 1911 in pencil and dedicated with a New Year greeting.