THE CIDER BARREL 1928
Edmund Blampied (1886 – 1966)
- 26.7 X 26.3 CM
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Blampied was known as a painter, etcher, illustrator and cartoonist. Born in Jersey, he studied at Lambeth School of Art, describing his etching technique thus: “I do not trace on to the copper, but copy a few important lines on to the bare metal with litho-chalk. I then sketch over this with an ordinary sewing needle and rub in a little black oil-colour... From the first my efforts are to improve on the sketch until I consider the plate finished... In very few cases do I touch a plate after the first proof, so the majority have but one state. If I am dissatisfied with either the composition or details, I prefer to start afresh upon another plate rather than make radical alterations.” The enormous cider barrel, with a man crouched beneath its inclined head, was chosen by Rego for its suggestion of a quasi-comical relationship between man and inanimate object, the two of them nestling close together, so close that the man might almost be swallowed up by the barrel, like Jonah and the whale.
Thresholds, British Council 2010