Roth-Händle II [brown]
aquatint and line-cut with hand coloring on buff Dewint handmade paper
24 3/4 x 20 7/8 in. (62.9 x 53 cm)
plate size: 8 3/4 x 13 in. (22.2 x 33 cm)
Signed “Motherwell” in pencil lower right
Numbered in pencil lower right; artist’s chop mark lower right
Artist; released by John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco
Catherine Mosley, artist’s studio, Greenwich, Connecticut
Plate preparation and proofing at Tyler Graphics Ltd., Bedford Village, New York
2 colors printed in 2 runs from 1 copper plate and line-cut: 1. brown – plate (aquatint); 2. black – line-cut; hand-painted by the artist with blue tempera paint
There are eight color variants for this print, each limited to an edition of six plus one artist’s proof. The plate for the Roth-Händle images was made at Tyler Graphics Ltd. and used in Tobacco Roth-Händle (cat. no. 171). Motherwell wanted to use it again and gave it to Mosley for revision and editioning in Greenwich. Printer’s proofs were made for some but not all Roth-Händle images. Because the same plate was used on all eight editions, only one cancellation proof exists.
See also cat. nos. 185-191.