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Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sheet: 91.4 x 76.2 cm (36 x 30 in.)
Medium or Technique
Soft and hard ground etching with spit bite aquatint, scraping, and burnishing
Mary Stamas Gallery (Gallery 153)
Spit bite aquatint added in this state
At this point in the development of the plate, Wilson introduced aquatint, a process that allows for areas of continuous tone. When printed, these areas appear like gray wash (clearly visible in the torso and the wing-like shadow at upper right). The initial application of aquatint shrouded King’s head in deep shadow.
Lower right in graphite pencil: Wilson 02
Lower right in graphite pencil: 9
Blindstamped at lower left -- chop of Jim Stroud
Center Street Studio (Milton, MA); from whom purchased by MFA, 14 December 2005.
Lee M. Friedman Fund and Living New England Artists Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation
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