About this picture

The Tyne Bridge

Photo etching by Bacon & Sons

An unusual image of the Tyne Bridge, presumably dating from shortly after the bridge was opened in 1928

Inscribed ‘Tyne Bridge’ and ‘Photo etching’ in pencil within the plate mark.

The photo-etching process is a traditional, skilled intaglio print making method.  Lines or textures are cut or etched with acid into the surface of a metal plate (in this case using a photographic plate of the Tyne Bridge for the original image).

The plate is inked, then wiped clean so that the ink lies only in these recesses. A print is made when damp paper is laid onto the plate, and the two are rolled under pressure together in an etching press.

In this case it looks like James Bacon & Sons were keeping their options open by using the latest photographic technology to produce a print using a very traditional process.

Image size: 16 cm x 32 cm  Framed size: 44 cm x 55 cm


About the artist

Bacon & Sons Ltd were photographers with premises in both Edinburgh and Newcastle.

From around 1917 until the 1930s, their Edinburgh studio was at 130 Princes Street

James Bacon & Sons are also recorded has having studios in Northumberland Street in Newcastle from the 1880s until the 1940s