The elegant Great Egret is the most common egrets in the U.S. During breeding season, it grows long feathery plumes called aigrettes to attract a mate. In this etching the egret is displaying these feathers to attract a mate. In the late 19th and early 20th century they were used as decoration for ladies’ garments which almost led to their extinction. Both the males and females are identical so it would be challenging to distinguish them. Early conservation programs saved this species from being wiped out by plume hunters. This graceful bird is depicted life size using 2 copper plates and is hand painted with transparent watercolors.
Technical Art Information:
Image Size: 24” x 34”
This etching is hand-made on 2 large copper plates, each plate containing different colors. In addition to the Arches rag paper used for the etching, the inks and paints employed to create the etching are of the highest quality. Each etching in the edition requires over 2 hours of consistent labor to print. Two weeks after the ink dries, several hours are required to finish the piece. Because of all the hand work involved, no two pieces are exactly the same. The etching has a 2” border of paper around the image with a beautiful, deckled edge. The edition is nearly sold out.
Archival framing using supreme materials. The wood moulding is custom made with a pewter-champagne finish. The mat is museum rag – 8 ply, and the mounting mat is an archival neutral grey. The etching is floated to display an elegant, deckled edge of the beautiful rag paper that the etching is printed on. The glass is high quality museum glass to greatly reduce glare and protect the art from fading. The back is sealed with a mounting wire attached and ready to hang.
Framing price: 650.00
Total size with frame: 43” x 54”
Art will generally be shipped within 10 days unless otherwise noted. Unframed, the art is shipped in an eight-inch diameter tube so when received it will lay flat and pristine. Shipping cost is determined by location.
It can be shipped framed which again is determined by location or picked up locally. A specialized shipper is used for this transaction. Occasionally delivery can be arranged if possible. Generally, art will be shipped within 10 days at the latest. If longer, customer will be promptly notified.