c1925 Original Etching Carcassonne Castle by Hester Frood


A fine c1925 original etching of Carcassonne Castle (Cité de Carcassonne), in France, by female artist Hester Frood.

The picture shows the famous medieval castle dominating the surrounding countryside. It shows nice hard lines and ethereal feel to the composition. The picture is pencil-signed Hester Frood. It has been period mounted, framed and glazed, which has ensured it remains in good condition.

Hester Frood (1882 – 1971) was a painter, draughtsman and printmaker. Born in New Zealand, Frood moved to England at the age of seven. Following her studies in England and briefly in Paris, she met the artist David Young Cameron in Scotland in 1906 who was very impressed with Frood’s work and taught her the etching technique. Frood’s work is largely focused on rural landscapes and urban scenes, with depictions of architecture. She exhibited at the Royal Academy, Royal Scottish Academy, and Conlnagi Gallery, London. Frood's works are also displayed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as in the New York Public Library Collection.

The castle, known as the Cité de Carcassonne, is a medieval fortress dating back to the Gallo-Roman period and restored by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1853. It was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites in 1997. Carcassonne became famous for its role in the Albigensian Crusades when the city was a stronghold of Occitan Cathars.

Size image: 21.5 x 16 cm (8 x 6 ¼ inches)
Size frame: 42 x 32 x 1.5 cm (16 ½ x 12 5/8 x 5/8 inches)
Weight: 960 g