"Les Ferres" is a color intaglio, a combination of line etching and color aquatint, by American printmaker Augusta Rathbone (1897-1990). Its creation date is circa 1938 and the platemark measures 10-5/8 x 14-1/2 inches. "Les Ferres" is pencil signed and was printed in Paris by M. Alfred Porcabeuf in proofs only on a sheet of cream wove paper that measures 16 x 19-3/4 inches. It is one in a series of twenty color aquatints of French Riviera villages.
In 1921, upon graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Rathbone continued her studies at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere in Paris. She also studied with Lucien Simon and, for seven years, with the Spanish artist Claudio Castelucho y Diana. In 1927, at the suggestion of Nora Hamilton of Chicago, Rathbone began to concentrate on printmaking and took her plates to M. Porcabeuf for printing. Her earliest intaglios featured the Sierra Nevada and urban scenes of New York and San Francisco. After World War II, Rathbone returned to Paris but in the face of prohibitive printing costs she taught herself how to print her plates,
Rathbone exhibited at the Salon de Nationale, Paris, in the spring of 1930 and 1931 and in the autumn salon of 1937. Her work was included in the exhibition "American Color Prints" at the Brooklyn Museum in 1933, and a solo exhibition of her work was mounted at the San Francisco Museum of Art in 1940. She and Elizabeth Ginno showed together at the California State Library in Sacramento in 1952 and again, in 1954, at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. Rathbone's artistic affiliations included memberships in the California Society of Etchers, San Francisco Women Artists, American Artists Professional League, and the National Arts Club.
Augusta Rathbone's work is represented in the collections of Bowdoin College Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the de Young Memorial Museum, Rutgers University, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Worcester Art Museum.