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Wrestlers / St Pauli

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Wrestlers

    Title (series)

    • St Pauli
  • Description

    Plate 7: row of large, bald, men walking towards spectator, including one in foreground with moustache. 1931 Colour etching and aquatint in blue and black

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1931
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 536 millimetres
    • Width: 381 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Signed, titled: "Ringer" and annotated: "Selbstdruck" in pencil. Bears typed label bearing title: "Wrestlers". In bottom left corner, in another hand, "4" in pen, and "ED 8" in pencil.
  • Curator's comments

    Text adapted from Frances Carey and Antony Griffiths, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', BM 1984, no. 227 :
    While completing the Muck series, Nesch made a second set of twelve prints entitled 'St Pauli', showing characteristic figures and scenes from the famous entertainment and red-light district by the port of Hamburg. Whereas the plates of the Muck series were all monochrome, a number of the 'St Pauli' plates were printed in colour by a most unconventional process involving the double-inking and printing of a single plate. In the case of the 'Wrestlers' the plate was first inked on the surface in blue and printed in relief as if a woodcut, and then re-inked in black and over-printed in intaglio; sometimes Nesch deliberately shifted the registration so that the two printings are slightly our of focus. The 1969 Detroit catalogue (p. 23) illustrates in colour another impression in the Kunsthalle in Hamburg which is printed in blue over orange. Other plates of the series are said to involve three such printings. An essay on the cycle by Wolf Stubbe has been published in the 'Jahrbuch der Hamburger Kunstsammlungen', x, 1965, pp. 97-112. The annotation in the bottom corner suggests that the total edition was intended to be 8; but it seems that this was never carried through, and the number of surviving impressions of the plates varies between 4 and 9.


  • Bibliography

    • Helliesen + Sørensen 429 bibliographic details
  • Location

    German XXc Mounted Atlas

  • Exhibition history

    1984/5 Sept-Jan, BM, 'The Print in Germany 1880-1933', no. 227

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  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

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