Etching Print


This terracotta Sphinx is one of a number of representations of the mythical creature in Freud’s collection.

In the Greek legend of Thebes, the Sphinx is a creature with the face and breasts of a woman, wings of a bird and body of a lion, which is how she is portrayed by this object. Oedipus must solve her riddle or be eaten by her. The Sphinx’s riddle was:

“ What is it that walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and on three in the evening?” ”

Oedipus answered that it was Man, who crawls on all fours, then walks upright and in old age walks with a stick as a third leg.

The figure is solid and was originally covered in white slip, which is now worn away and discoloured. The Sphinx was once an Egyptian symbol of justice and protection, emblamatic of the Pharoahs. In Greek mythology, around the time of this object’s creation, the Sphinx was associated with war and death.

Resource from :  https://www.freud.org.uk/collections/objects/4387/



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'Printmaking' is a broad term that encapsulates a number of techniques and processes, from etchings to monotype to screen printing, in which the artist makes images
from a master or 'matrix'. Prints can be classified according to the type of surface used to make them. These are divided into four groups; Intaglio, Relief, Stencil and Lithograph. These procedures are complex, frequently used in combination and are in constant
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Sphinx Etching print:

Material: Ink and Paper

This is a limited etching "Sphinx" which is taken from an edition of 90. Somerset (cream) is a 300gsm acid free 100% cotton Etching paper.

Etching printing process - A metal plate is coated with a waxy ground that is then drawn into, removing areas of the 'ground' that will finish in the print as black or coloured areas. This is achieved with a variation of different methods dependant on whether the wax is 'soft' or 'hard'. Soft grounds are extremely delicate and the slightest pressure will remove the wax whilst a hard ground can be removed using a sharp needle or white spirit etc. The plate is then put in an acid bath, the exposed areas are then etched or eaten away producing a sunken line that will receive the ink. The length of time the metal is exposed within the acid bath will effect the darkness and character of the lines.




Available to purchase  in the Freud Museum London or contact me for details to purchase.