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The Asphalters -  PEARSON

The Asphalters
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1911, edition unknown. 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower left. Signed and titled in pencil. This is fine impression printed with dramatic plate tone. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is plate # 2 from his Toilers of the City Series. This excellent series was based on his observations in Chicago during the early teens. The artist admired the work of Joseph Pennell and it shows, but Pearson, also the gifted etcher, was able to introduce a human presence into his city views which is lacking in the prints of Pennell. These early views of Chicago are not especially common and they are important precursors for the WPA era printmakers and their renditions of similar subjects. Pearson exhibited his prints at Marshall Field and Company in Chicago, among other places in the midwest. He also produced a series called "Picturesque Chicago" which is less well-known.
$900

House and Rock, Carmel Highlands -  PEARSON

House and Rock, Carmel Highlands
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1922, edition unknown. 11 x 9 in. Signed and dated in the plate on the left side. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Pearson traveled all across America promoting etching and etchers by way of lectures and demonstrations at various art institutions. He was one of the early etchers in the Taos area having produced prints there in the teens and early 1920s. He did a small series of California prints and this one depicts the James House in Carmel which was designed by Greene and Greene.
$550

Pasadena Palms -  PEARSON

Pasadena Palms
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1925, edition unknown. 5 3/4 x 10 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a cream wove paper. The margins are full. This is one of Pearson's few California etchings. There was an exhibition of his etchings in 1922 in Los Angeles at the Stendahl Galleries in the Ambassador Hotel. In addition, he won a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
$425

Porch of San Maclou, Rouen -  PENNELL

Porch of San Maclou, Rouen
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1907, Wuerth 461, edition probably 35. 8 x 10 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. THis is a fine impression printed with tone. The margins are irregular but substantial enough, probably untrimmed. There's a very faint suggestion of light discoloration within a previous mount. The original structure was built around 1200 and rebuilt 1437-1521.
SOLD

St. Paul's over Temple Stairs -  PENNELL

St. Paul's over Temple Stairs
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1905, Wuerth 380, edition probably 50. 11 x 8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, subtle impression in fine condition. The margins are full but the platemark is right near the top edge of the sheet, as printed. The title was written in the lower left margin but has been erased. This is an early impression before the plate was cut down for publication in the Gazette des Beaux Arts.
SOLD

Cowley Street, Westminster -  PENNELL

Cowley Street, Westminster
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1906, Wuerth 437, edition probably 40. 11 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good overall with two small rust specks to the left of the platemark and slight light toning within a previous mat opening.
$650

Standard Oil Building (New York) -  PENNELL

Standard Oil Building (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1923, Wuerth 817, edition probably 50. 12 1/8 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, dramatic impression printed on old laid paper. The margin are full and the condition is very good. (There's a subtle irregular stain in the left margin which could have been there when he printed the impression.) There are ink smudges in the margins from the printing process, so very typical of Pennell's working method. The Standard Oil Building is at 26 Broadway in the financial district.
$950

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York) -  PENNELL

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1924, Wuerth 854, edition probably 75. 13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This oustanding print depicts the construction of the New York Telephone building, known at the time as the Barclay-Vesey Building, which was completed in 1926. (In the background is the Woolworth Building.) This early art deco edifice was heavily damaged on 9/11 and has since been restored.
SOLD

The Unbelievable City -  PENNELL

The Unbelievable City
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1908, Wuerth 498, edition probably 50. 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for very faint toning within an early mat opening. This view of lower Manhattan is from Governor's Island. The Singer Tower is the most prominent building depicted.
$1,400

Sunset,  from Williamsburg Bridge -  PENNELL

Sunset, from Williamsburg Bridge
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1915, Wuerth 674, edition probably about 100. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are narrow on the top and sides but this is likely the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. Seen on the left side we have the Woolworth Building and the Singer Tower. The smokestacks on the right are part of sugar refineries and other factories on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg.
$1,400

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York) -  PENNELL

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1924, Wuerth 854, edition probably 75. 13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression printed on antique paid paper. The margins are full although the sheet edge runs close to the platemark in the lower left corner. The condition is good and there's a skillful repaired break in the upper left corner of the image.
$850

On the Way to Bessemer -  PENNELL

On the Way to Bessemer
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1909, Wuerth 520, edition probably 90. 11 x 7 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. (There's a subtle printing crease in the lower left corner of the image.) This Pennsylvania subject epitomizes Pennell's interest in the growth of industrialized America during the early years of the 20th century.
$800

Thames Below the Bridges, Night -  PENNELL

Thames Below the Bridges, Night
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1894, Wuerth 217, edition probably 20. 4 15/16 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, atmospheric impression of this rare print. The margins are full (but narrow on the sides, as printed). The condition is fine. Pennell produced several etchings and a few aquatints along the Thames during this period. Many of them were published as part of the "Easter Set" but Wuerth does not indicate that this print is part of the series. Our impression is selectively inked to show lights along the docks.
SOLD

Splash -  REDDY

Splash
KRISHNA REDDY
American, (b. 1925)
Intaglio and relief color print, undated (1950s-1960s, edition 25-50. 14 1/2 x 18 in. Signed and titled in pencil and further inscribed "epreuve d'artiste". A fine impression with full margins. Minor discoloration and imperfections in the margins. Reddy specialized in multilevel viscosity printing and his outstanding abstract work is discussed in S.W. Hayter's New Ways of Gravure (1966) and Peterdi's Printmaking (1971). He was born in India, studied in Paris with Zadkine and in Milan with Marini. He was Professor and co-director of printmaking at Atelier 17 in Paris from 1957-1976.
SOLD

Alviso Farmyard -  RICE

Alviso Farmyard
WILLIAM S. RICE
American, (1873-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1925, edition fewer than 15. 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This fine impression is printed on a fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine. The colors are fresh. Provenance: Annex Galleries.
$2,200

Snowed In - Calaveras Big Tree Hotel -  RICE

Snowed In - Calaveras Big Tree Hotel
WILLIAM S. RICE
American, (1873-1963)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, edition probably about 15. 8 3/4 x 12 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in very good condition. The margins are substantial and probably untrimmed. This print came to us in the original mat and there is just a faint trace of discoloration within the old opening and old paper tape hinges at the top corners, recto. The outstanding California woodcut is exemplary of Rice's best work in the medium.
$4,500

Center Ring -  RIGGS

Center Ring
ROBERT RIGGS
American, (1896-1970)
Lithograph, 1933, Bassam 30, edition unknown. 14 3/8 x 19 3/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower right. Signed, titled and numbered (21) in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a trace of an old hinge adhesive in the upper left corner of the margin. This important print was well-received when it was exhibited in New York and Chicago in 1933-34. It won the Logan prize at the Art Institute of Chicago (Century of Progress International Exhibition). "Center Ring" is illustrated on page 170 in American Prize Prints of the 20th Century by Albert Reese.
SOLD

Fruit Dish -  RIST

Fruit Dish
LUIGI RIST
American, (1889-1959)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1945, Williams 18, edition 150. 14 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in ink in the image in the lower right. Titled in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression of this major work. The paper is a light cream Japanese and the margins are full but modest in size which is typical. Although the recorded edition is 150, it's doubtful Rist printed them all due to the time consuming nature of inking and printing multiple blocks and even sections of the same block over and over. In the catalogue it states, "As many as fifty or more impressions are sometimes required to complete a given print." (See page 8).
$4,800

Boy on a Wheel -  ROBBINS

Boy on a Wheel
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 45 14 3/8 x 10 1/4 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good. Robbins was a New Jersey artist who was employed with the New York WPA program. She specialized in artistic screenprints as well as oil paintings. Her 1930s and early 1940s work was primarily realistic urban street scenes and the prints from the late 1940s, as shown here, leaned more to the abstract reminding us of Dorr Bothwell, Edward Landon and others. This print was made from five screens and is so inscribed.
$800

The Dreamer -  ROBBINS

The Dreamer
HULDA D. ROBBINS
American, (1910-2011)
Screenprint, 1947, edition 35. 14 x 10 in. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Hulda Robbins studied in Berlin from 1929-31 where she was greatly inspired by the work of Kollwitz. She also studied at the Barnes Foundation. Best known for her artistic screenprints, she's part of the pioneering group which included Ruth Chaney, Max Cohn, Ruth Gikow, Philip Hicken and Edward Landon and Riva Helfond, among others. Her prints have been exhibited at MOMA and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She resided in New Jersey in her later years and lived to be 100.
$900

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