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Sir David Young Cameron, R.A.
The Chimera of Amiens

1911

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The Chimera of Amiens. 1910. Drypoint. Rinder catalog 415 state vii. 9 9/16 x 7 3/16 (sheet 10 3/4 x 7 3/4). An extremely rich impression printed on cream wove paper. Illustrated: Guichard, British Etchers, 1850-1940; Lumsden, The Art of Etching; Salaman, Modern Masters of Etching: D.Y. Cameron; Hind, The Etchings of D.Y. Cameron; Calloway, English Prints for the Collector, p. 179. Signed in pencil. The chimera sits on the neighboring buttress on Amiens Cathedral in Cameron's drypoint, The Wingless Chimera Rinder 416. Housed in a 20 x 16-inch archival mat, suitable for framing. Other impressions are in the National Gallery in Scotland, The United States, Australia, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Following a trip to Egypt in 1908-09, Cameron visited France. Amiens is the principal city and ancient capital of Picardy, and its Gothic Cathedral of Notre-Dame is especially noted for the fine array of sculptures on the main facade and in the south transept. This print shows the chimera on one of the buttresses of the Cathedral. Chimera are gargoyles that are formed from parts of different animals. They were traditionally placed on the upper levels of buildings to serve as rainwater spouts, but were also believed to guard the building from evil spirits. This print was undoubtedly inspired by Charles Meryonâ's etching of 1853, which shows the chimera Le Stryge on the parapet of Notre-Dame in Paris. Scottish painter, etcher, and draftsman, born in Glasgow, the son of a clergyman. He abandoned brief unhappy careers in commerce and law to study at *Glasgow School of Art and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh. Most of his work consisted of landscapes (especially scenes of mountains) and architectural views, and he is best known for his etchings of buildings, including Gothic churches on the Continent—rich and somber works with which he established a reputation as one of the outstanding printmakers of the day.

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