Folkestone Beach 1887
Image size 8 x 4.25 inches. Sheet size 10.75 x 7 inches. Original etching. Initialled in the plate, bottom left. Signed and dated in bottom right hand corner. Entitled lower left hand corner in the margin Cap No. 6. Folkestone Beach 1887. A fine example The picture shows the beach at Folkestone from the lower Sandgate Road looking East. The beach is thronged with beach huts and people enjoying a calm Summer's day. The new pier is shown in the background (fore-runner of today's Harbour Arm) along with the more familiar Harbour Station. Robert Charles Goff (1837?1922) became an etcher of some renown with his depictions of scenes from across Europe and the UK. Before dedicating himself to his craft he had risen to the rank of Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and served in the Crimean War. His works were greatly influenced by Whistler, and as recently as 2012 Brighton and Hove Museum and Art Gallery exhibited a number of his works as part of 'Robert Goff: An Etcher in the Wake of Whistler'. This piece dates from the year he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers so was quite likely to have featured in his inaugural exhibition for this respected institution. Etchings by their very nature were only produced in small quantities as the plates they were printed from were made of copper which wears relatively quickly.
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