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Mother Hubbard’s Dog’ is an exquisite example of Charles Blackman’s mastery over the graphic practice. It is a rare dry-point etching from Blackmans beloved Mother Goose series, printed in collaboration with printer Satish Sharma and Charles’s son Auguste Blackman at Well House Press Studio in Paddington, Sydney in 1977.
Well House Press Studio took its name from a convict-built well on the Blackman’s property. It was the setting for some of Blackmans boldest printmaking experiments, not least of which were the Mother Goose works. Auguste gives insight into creating the series, reflecting:
Not only technically difficult, ‘Mother Hubbard’s Dog’ is visually engrossing. In it, Blackman captures Mother Hubbard checking the pantry for a bone. As the keen storyteller he is, the artist has distilled the nursery rhyme’s central tension into a frame. An evocation of the role mothers and stories play in our lives, as well as witty delight in and of itself, ‘Mother Hubbard’s Dog’ is a bottle green delight.
Master print Satish Sharma described working with Blackman as “magicians leading each other from madness to madness” and etching as “like a man-eating tiger - once it gets hold of you it wont let go. This emboldened ferocity emanates from ‘Mother Hubbard’s Dog’. Rare to market this museum-quality work is a tale your whole family can treasure.Charles BLACKMAN (1928 - 2018)'Mother Hubbard's Dog' 1977Etching on paperEdition of 20Image Size: 40 x 50 cm Dimensions: 60 x 70 cm Signed: Signed Charles Blackman in margin, titled, and numberedComes with Letter of ProvenanceCondition:Excellent© Charles Blackman / Copyright Agency 2022
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