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