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Hugo Wilson
The Hunt Portfolio, 2015-16
Nine etchings printed on Velin Arches Blanc 400gsm
Editions of 25 plus 5 artist’s proofs, 2 publisher’s proofs,
1 printer’s proof, 2 archive proofs and 4 hand-coloured proofs.
Plate size: variable.  Sheet size: 58 x 58 cm

Sets 1 to 12 from edition of 25 presented in cloth covered portfolio boxes with signed title sheet and colophon.

These etchings are closely related to a recent collection of paintings by Hugo Wilson that portray the most primal of all rituals, the hunt.  Hunting scenes were popular with wealthy collectors in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and represented a kind of ‘trophyism’ and a way of displaying mastery over nature.  Images of writhing animal forms with snarling teeth, some recognisable but others indistinct, portray immense physical strength but the hunter remains unseen.

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