Flying Trapeze


An original, hand-printed etching published by the artist with collaboration of master printer Richard Spare at Clarendon Graphics, London, England.

Completed October, 1985
Edition Size: 150
Dimensions: Image: 10″ x 11″
Paper: Somerset English mould-made rag, T.P. Textured.
Colors: 2 color plates printed


Many performers astound the audience in the circus’ grand arena. High above the center stage, the spotlight is on the trapeze, as a tight rope walker balances another on his shoulder, a girl rides a unicycle, and clowns and Elephants perform.

The trapeze performers show no fear and take daring leaps trusting that they will succeed, and their partners will catch them. As we watch, we feel exhilarated to see them transcend their fear.

FLYING TRAPEZE is a two plate etching: performers on one plate, and the circus ambiance on another. Tonal effects were achieved through use of Aquatint, and colors were rubbed into the plates using cotton daubs, à la poupée.


Flying Trapeze
by Joan Prefontaine

So many

acts inside
this Big Top

where novelty
and timing

are king
and queen.

Some aerialists
are adept

at catching
and holding tight

while others
are virtuosos

of letting go.
Only a few

adroit souls
excel at both.

Watch closely.
Fluid in free

fall, poised
in the center

of danger, these
are daredevils

you might entrust
with your life.

Additional information

Weight 3 lbs
Dimensions 36 × 7 × 7 in