“Death Goes Shopping is an etching telling a story that I dreamt up. I drew everything from a set that I made. I had been to see an exhibition in Antwerp, and there they have the most beautiful lace dresses you can imagine. I bought a lot of them. It struck me that they were like little bridal gowns, and when I got back to my studio in London I made some dolls and put the dresses on them. I made up a story that they were kept in chains and that they were going to be sold: marketed and loaded onto a cart, like chickens, by a nasty woman representing Death.”
Each of these five stage proofs is unique. They show graphically the printmaking process from beginning to end, each stage showing a new development in etching and inking, with the additional application of aquatint and spit-bite. For this print Paula Rego worked intensively at Paupers Press in London with the master printmaker Simon Marsh. Each of the stage proofs has been signed. As a set they represent an unparalleled opportunity to acquire in physical form the imaginative workings of a major artist. Included with the stage proofs is a copy of the de luxe edition of I Have Found a Song, which contains the final version of Death Goes Shopping.