In 1922 Mark Gertler (1891-1939) painted ‘Queen of Sheba’, now part of the Tate collection. In titling his picture he drew upon the subject’s famous name, one that resonates through popular culture down to this day. Such as, the tv comedy show 'The Royle Family' took the same title for an episode made in 2006. For this print I stripped away Gertlers’ opulent surroundings and cast the Queen as Eve in the Garden of Eden, because I wonder how she would do there. One account of the Queen is found in the Biblical text 1 Kings 10:1-13, wherein she visits Solomon, King of Israel and one famous for his wisdom. According to tradition, the Queen of Sheba brought to Solomon the self-same gifts that the Magi would later bring to the Christ child. It was a meeting of equals and a happy time for them both. There is a legend of her having a child by Solomon, and in support, some point to the Bible text where she declares to Solomon, “Happy are your wives!” and ‘King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired’. And I wonder: would Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, with all their wisdom, fare any better than Adam and Eve, if it were they in the Garden of Eden? And, would we all blow it in paradise?
This print is pulled from an engraving cut from a sheet of rubber, a variation of letterpress. After removal of areas that are to be left as white paper, the rubber sheet is then rolled up with ink and pressed to paper, producing the print. The technique does not accommodate reprinting, so the edition is forever fixed at 6 copies.
This print will fit straight into a 10x12 inch frame.
Black oil based printing ink, Hahnemuhle etching paper 300gsm