"A magnificent storyteller, in the best Scotch manner"- British art historian Campbell Dodgson on the life and work of artist William Strang.
While a student at the Slade School from 1876 to 1880, Scottish-born William Strang came under the guidance of Alphonse Legros and fell under the spell of printmaking.
He would work in many techniques: etching, drypoint, mezzotint, sand-ground mezzotint, burin engraving, lithography, and woodcut. Although he was known later in his career as a painter, it was in printmaking that he initially found his vision and made a name for himself. By the mid-1890s, he had an international reputation. Unfortunately, he died in 1921, the same year he was elected an Engraver Member of the Royal Academy.
In 1955 his son David Strang gave impressions of the bulk of William Strang's etchings to the National Gallery of Scotland.