|Theodore Casimir Roussel RBA, ARE (1847-1926)|
The Saw Mill, Putney, London.
Etching and drypoint on ivory laid paper.
Signed in pencil on the tab indicating that this impression was printed by the artist. Also signed in the plate.
4 5/8 x 3 1/8 inches.
References: (20 1/1) The Prints of Theodore Roussel: A Catalogue Raisonne by Margaret Dunwoody Hausberg 1991.
There is another example of this rare etching in the Art Institute of Chicago.
Theodore Casimir Roussel RBA, ARE (1847-1926):
Born at Lorient in Brittany and educated in Paris, Theodore Roussel fought in the Franco-Prussian War before moving to England around 1874. He was a painter and engraver of figures, landcapes and seascapes. He met James Mc Neill Whistler in 1885 and developed a lasting friendship, becoming part of the circle of young artists around Whistler that included Walter Richard Sickert and Mortimer Mempes. It was Whistler who encouraged Roussel to produce his first etchings. Roussel adopted Whistler's habit of trimming his impressions to the platemark leaving only a tab for the signature. He also elected to work on a small scale, etching on the spot from nature subjects taken from the vicinity of him home in Chelsea where Whistler also lived. In 1909 Roussel became the first president of the Society of Graver-Printers in Colour and was a member of Royal Society of British Artists and an Associate Member of the Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers. He exhibited at the principal London galleries from 1886.