Help me identify this mystery etching
January 31, 2011 12:49 PM   Subscribe

Help me find the artist who made this etching.

I bought the etching at an antiques fair a couple of years ago. The seller didn't have any information about the artist other than the name and a guess that it was english, probably early 20th century.

Here's a picture of it, and here's a closeup of the signature.

The surname appears to be Marsden, and the monogram (also visible in the second image) seems to indicate the initial 'S'. I can't tell what other initials there may be in the signature (is that an 'S' and a faint 'J'?).

If anyone can art-sleuth this better than I can, I'd be grateful.
posted by le morte de bea arthur to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
 
Can't find any record of the monogram. Can't find record of an artist which would fit, here are the records for Marsden sold at auction since 1990 -

David Marsden (1949-)
Edith Frances Marsden (1880-)
G Marsden (19th C)
N Marsden (19/20th C)
Theodore Marsden (fl.1860-1890)
W Marsden (19/20th C)
Walter Marsden (fl.1915-1940)
William Marsden ((19th C))
posted by fire&wings at 1:29 PM on January 31, 2011


Stella Marsden?
posted by Floydd at 1:30 PM on January 31, 2011


Looks a little bit like Eli Marsden Williams, in terms of style:
Auction
closeup of image
posted by Freen at 3:17 PM on January 31, 2011


Response by poster: > Stella Marsden?

Hmm. The initials are right, but I can't see any resemblance in style.

> Looks a little bit like Eli Marsden Williams, in terms of style

I agree, and I'd spotted the name during my searches, but Eli Marsden Wilson (more info) seems to have always signed his work 'E. Marsden Wilson' in a very different hand than the one used on this etching.

Thanks for the suggestions. I suspect this may just be a sketch by a little-known artist whose web presence is nil.
posted by le morte de bea arthur at 2:18 AM on February 1, 2011


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