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James McBey – Printmaker

James McBey - Printmaker

Meet the Artist

Born: 1883
Place of Birth: Aberdeenshire
Died: 1959

Although completely untaught, McBey was to rise to become one of the most important printmakers in Britain during the 1920s. His early Scottish works are on a small intense scale, many of them printed with the aid of his mother’s washing mangle. He worked with a camel patrol in the Sinai Desert as an official war artist during the latter part of the First World War. Whistler’s influence must have been extremely difficult to escape from, yet McBey avoids any hint of plagiarism.


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