This etching was one of a set called the 'Rites of Spring Suite', produced by Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop in 1977. The fine lines and sharp detail in this print are the result of the etching technique, where acid is used to 'bite' into a sheet of metal which is then inked and printed.
Johnny Johnstone has said "My [works] seem to be expressing something, either serious or amusing about life. They depict people acting out minor dramas. Gesture, composition, characterisation and setting are important. There is an element of gravity in them, but the humorous side probably eclipses that aspect."
Johnny Johnstone was born in 1941. He studied at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee from 1959 to 1964, and later was a lecturer there for many years. He is a regular exhibitor at the Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish Society of Artists, and is a professional member of the Scottish Society of Artists and Visual Arts Scotland.