Martin Lewis prints for sale

American, 1881-1962

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Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y. -  LEWIS

Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y.
Drypoint, 1929, McCarron 76, edition 84. 12 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression with wide and possibly full margins. The condition is fine apart from an extremely faint trace of toning within an earlier mat opening. The paper is a light cream wove showing an acorn leaf watermark. Tudor City was completed in 1928 as a middle class housing project and became a historic district in 1988. The location is 40th to 43rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. As McCarron aptly states on page 140 of the catalogue raisonné, "The dripping stains on the embankment were possibly influenced by another print, Charles Meryon's 'La Morgue, Paris,' of 1854. Lewis included Meryon among the etchers he admired..."
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Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y. -  LEWIS

Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y.
Drypoint, 1929, McCarron 76, edition 84. 12 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Tudor City was completed in 1928 as a middle class housing project and became a historic district in 1988. The location is 40th to 43rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. As McCarron aptly states on page 140 of the catalogue raisonné, "The dripping stains on the embankment were possibly influenced by another print, Charles Meryon's 'La Morgue, Paris,' of 1854. Lewis included Meryon among the etchers he admired..."
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Country Scene with Man Walking -  LEWIS

Country Scene with Man Walking
Etching and drypoint, circa 1915, McCarron 6, edition listed as 1 recorded impression. 9 x 10 1/2 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on laid paper with light plate tone. The margins are wide and the condition is good. There's a suggestion of toning showing within an early mat opening and a faintly darkened area in the tree branches at left. The one impression listed and illustrated in the catalogue by McCarron is in the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts. This is the second recorded impression of this early print and there are no listed auction records to indicate any other impressions. This exceedingly rare early print is indicative of the artist's emerging skills as a printmaker.
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Cronies -  LEWIS

Cronies
Aquatint, 1932, McCarron 96, edition 60. 9 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on off-white laid paper and in very good condition. (There's the faintest trace of toning within a previous mat opening.) The margins are full. Ex-collection: Patricia Lewis with her ink stamp, verso, at the bottom on the sheet. This print was done while Lewis was living in rural Connecticut.
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Cronies -  LEWIS

Cronies
Aquatint, 1932, McCarron 96, edition 60 including three trial proofs. 9 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right and also inscribed, "first trial proof." This is a rich, dark impression of an UNRECORDED FIRST STATE. This impression is before considerable work (lightening) on the clothes of the figures at left, and before multiple changes (lightening) on the right between the tire tracks and also further to the right side. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This print was done while Lewis was living in rural Connecticut.
$6,000

Ha'nted -  LEWIS

Ha'nted
Drypoint and sand ground, 1932, McCarron 100, edition 107. 13 1/8 x 8 15/16 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is an exceptional, luminous impression in superb condition. The margins are full. This underrated, night time scene contains all the elements of a great Lewis print; crossed shadow lines, solitary figures, well-integrated architectural design, subtle stars highlighting an otherwise pitch black sky and there's an added element of psychological mystery to engage our imagination.
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Rain on Murray Hill -  LEWIS

Rain on Murray Hill
Drypoint, 1928, McCarron 75, edition 110. 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The paper is a medium weight off white wove with an acorn leaf watermark. The condition is fine. This exemplary work depicts a scene just a few blocks from the artist's studio at 145 East 34th Street in New York. Impressions are cited in twelve museum collections.
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Snow on the El -  LEWIS

Snow on the El
Drypoint and sand ground, 1931, McCarron 95, edition 49 including 5 trial proofs. 14 x 9 in. Signed in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, atmospheric impression of this great American print from the 1930s. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The location depicted here is 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City. We sold this same impression about thirty years ago and we are pleased to offer it once again.
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The Wayfarer -  LEWIS

The Wayfarer
Etching and aquatint, circa 1947, McCarron 135, edition 2. 4 5/8 x 3 7/8 in. Initialed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil lower right. This is a fine impression of this exceedingly rare print. The paper is white wove and the margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is fine apart from the subtle suggestion of toning within an early mat opening. The other known impression, which is illustrated in the catalogue by McCarron, is located in the Detroit Institute of Arts. This small, compelling portrait has a somber intensity which goes beyond much of the artist's typical portraiture. According to the catalogue (page 227), the white highlights were produced by applying lithographic crayon before placing the plate in the acid bath.
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Three Girls Conversing -  LEWIS

Three Girls Conversing
Etching with drypoint, circa 1946, McCarron 134 (ii/II), edition 7. 6 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed "Martin Lewis, P.L." (Patricia Lewis) in the lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This rare print bears the stamp, verso, of Lucile Deming Lewis (not in Lugt), see McCarron pages 37-38.
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Tree, Manhattan -  LEWIS

Tree, Manhattan
Drypoint, 1930, McCarron 87, edition 91 including ten trial proofs. 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This exceptional print contains all the elements of a great Martin Lewis; dramatic lights and darks, solitary figures, well-integrated architectural design and there's that added element of urban mystery to engage our imagination.
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Under the Street Lamp -  LEWIS

Under the Street Lamp
Etching, 1928, McCarron 70, edition 83. 14 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on white laid paper with full margins. The condition is very good apart from a skillfully repaired tear in the center right margin, well away from the image. This impression bears the round estate stamp of Lucile Deming Lewis.
$11,000

Which Way? -  LEWIS

Which Way?
Aquatint, 1932, McCarron 99, edition 53 including 3 trial proofs. 10 3/8 x 15 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left and signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression in excellent condition. The margins are full. This large work is a tour de force of the aquatint medium. The surface of this impression is pristine.
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