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Laguna Cove [trial proof]

Date: 1935
Dimensions:
5 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. (13.3 x 18.1 cm.)
sheet (sheet): 7 3/8 x 10 11/16 in. (18.7 x 27.1 cm.)
Medium: wood engraving
Credit Line: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Purchased with funds from the Virginia Steele Scott Foundation
Marks: Titled
Inscription: Inscribed in lower left of recto in graphite: Laguna Cove Inscribed in lower left of recto in red pencil: I Studio stamp at right of recto in red Stamp on verso
Object Number: 86.22.4
Label Text:The first print, signed with the stylized petrel bird Landacre used as a cipher, is a trial proof. He most likely pulled it to inspect his progress on the woodblock. The other two impressions are examples of the published state, where Landacre added stippling in several places, most notably at the upper left and right corners, directly below the moon, and in the foreground. This stippling decreases the amount of ink deposited on the paper, making it appear as if the moon is brighter than in the trial proof. Landacre inscribed the impression on the far right in 1941 to two of his friends, and its paper is the whitest of the three. Artists sometimes use different papers for the same print, particularly if they pull impressions at separate times. Paper exposed to sunlight or acidic framing material darkens over time.