ORIGINAL ETCHED PORTRAIT OF THOMAS HARDY (Signed By the Artist William Strang, HARDY'S PERSONAL COPY INSCRIBED BY HIM TO HIS CLOSE FRIEND EDMUND GOSSE]
by Hardy, Thomas [Strang, William, artist]
1894. [Hardy, Thomas]. Strang, William, artist. ORIGINAL ETCHED PORTRAIT OF THOMAS HARDY, signed W. Strang in the plate and Wm. Strang in pencil in the margin beneath the image . 15 x 10 cm (image) on a 24 x 19 cm sheet. One of the iconic portraits of Thomas Hardy by the painter and printmaker, William Strang (1859-1921). What makes this example extraordinary is Hardy's presentation inscription to his close (if not closest) friend Edmund Gosse: inscribed in pencil in the lower margin "Thomas Hardy / to / Edmund Gosse." Sir Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) was a highly respected poet and critic, today best known perhaps for his powerful 1907 memoir FATHER AND SON (adapted in 1976 for BBC2 television by Dennis Potter). Hardy had very few close male friends during the course of his life and after the death of Horace Moule in 1873 (Moule's suicide seems to us quite clearly to have been the defining event which darkened the coloration of Hardy's fiction forever), it seems safe to say that Gosse was also his closest confident until both men met their death within four months of each other in 1928. This etching was surely Hardy's own example and its presentation to Gosse gives credence to the notion that this particular image was one of Hardy's personal favorites. Hardy was an occasionally willing signer of photographic portraits of himself. But this particular artist-signed etching, inscribed by Hardy to the man closest to him, stands alone in its desirability. The etching is loosely affixed with archival tape inside an acid-free mount and apart from a few apparently organic wrinkles to the paper it is in fine condition. . Inscribed By Author. Illus. by Strang, William.
(Inventory #: 002406)
19th and early 20th Century English Literary First Editions and Manuscripts, Thomas Hardy, Cinema, Children's Books & Original Art.
Shipping & Return Policies
Orders will ship within 3 business days unless there are special circumstances. All UPS shipping includes tracking and insurance. If you order multiple books, there will be no extra charge. We like customer satisfaction. It should be all about the books and very little about the shipping. We ship USPS Postal for Canada. Other worldwide locations will be billed roughly at cost. Please email with any questions. 30 day return guarantee, with full refund including shipping costs for up to 30 days after delivery if dissatisfied for any reason.
You can be confident that when you make a purchase through ABAA.org, the item is sold by an ABAA member in full compliance with our Code of Ethics. Our sellers guarantee your order will be shipped promptly and that all items are as described. Buy with confidence through ABAA.org.