Structural Iron - RALPH PEARSON
Etching, 1912-1913, edition unknown. 13 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in the plate and signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression in very good condition apart from slight toning within an earlier mat opening. The margins are full. This is plate #5 (of six) from Pearson's "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.
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