Yet another affirmation of the relaxing aspects of printmaking. The Latin text is courtesy of the Roman poet Horace. It translates to “The sweet solace of my labors”, which the poet said about his Lyre (an ancient stringed instrument). The passage continues “Hear thou thy poet’s solemn prayer, Thou softner of each anxious care!” And really, who doesn’t like an etching about etching?
Sir Francis Seymour Haden (English, 1818‑1910)
Hands etching ‑ O laborum, 19th century
The Baltimore Museum of Art: The George A. Lucas Collection, purchased with funds from the State of Maryland, Laurence and Stella Bendann Fund, and contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations throughout the Baltimore community, BMA 1996.48.3101