TELEMACO SIGNORINI (Florence 1835 - 1901) IL GHETTO: PIAZZA DELLA FRATELLANZA
Etching, from the series devoted to the 'Mercato Vecchio', in Florence. Signed with monogram in the plate and signed in pencil 'TSignorini' at the bottom margin. A fine, wiped clean impression printed in black ink on white wove paper, with full margins. Minor flaws at margins, generally in very good condition. To the platemark 368 x 234 mm, the entire sheet measuring 578 x 357 mm.
The inking of this impression is very special: the plate was cleaned carefully, removing any trace of surface-tone. Moreover, a vertical strip, more than 1 cm. wide, corresponding to the wall in the foreground on the extreme left side, has not been inked. I know of no other impressions with these peculiarities, which let me think of a kind of artist's proof. It should also be noted that the paper, quite thin and not suitable for an edition, has cracked along the platemark in a few areas.