American Prints

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Leisure -  ABRAMOVITZ

Leisure
ALBERT ABRAMOVITZ
Latvian-American, (1879-1963)
Woodcut (linocut?) printed in colors, circa 1937, edition probably about 25 impressions. 13 7/8 x 17 in. Initialed in the block and signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this large, rare print. Printed on a thin Japanese paper, the margins are full and the condition is very good. (There's a trace of wrinkling in the lower margin just to the image.) Abramovitz was born in Riga, Latvia, studied in Paris, and eventually settled in New York where he was employed by the WPA program. His work is illustrated and discussed in The Federal Art Project: American Prints from the 1930s (1985), published by the University of Michigan Museum of Art. His prints are in the following American collections: Art Institute of Chicago, Baltimore Museum of Art, Newark Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and others. This potent, expressionist image is an outstanding example of his work and a bold social statement about life for many during the 1930s.
$2,000

The Aqueduct -  ALLEN

The Aqueduct
JAMES ALLEN
American, (1894-1964)
Lithograph, 1937, Ryan 1, edition 40. 11 3/8 x 14 5/8 in. Signed in pencil and numbered "ed 40". This is a superb impression in fine condition. The margins are full. This is one of twelve lithographs by Allen commissioned by the United States Pipe and Foundry Company in 1937. The prints were exhibited and sold at Kennedy Galleries in New York.
$2,500

The Builders -  ALLEN

The Builders
JAMES ALLEN
American, (1894-1964)
Etching, 1932, Ryan 62, edition 100. 9 3/54 x 11 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine other than for a faint trace of an old tape adhesive along the top edge, verso, not evident from the front. This stellar print is illustrated in American Prize Prints of the Twentieth Century by Albert Reese (1949). It was on the cover of The Herald Tribune Magazine (9/3/33) and also on the cover of Sunday Review, Brooklyn Eagle (3/25/34). Allen shared a studio with Howard Cook in Paris and upon his return to New York, he studied with Joseph Pennell and William Auerbach-Levy.
SOLD

Coal Heavers -  ALLEN

Coal Heavers
JAMES ALLEN
American, (1894-1964)
Etching, circa 1935, Allen 65, edition unknown. 11 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from a trace of an old adhesive along the top edge verso, not evident on the front. This uncommon print is located in the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
$5,500

New York Cafe -  ANDREWS

New York Cafe
BENNY ANDREWS
American, (1930-2006)
Lithograph, 1966, edition 250. 10 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was published by Associated American Artists. Andrews was born in Georgia, studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then moved to New York. He taught at Queens College, City University of New York, from 1968-1997.
$1,200

Study in Stone, Cathedral of Orense -  ARMS

Study in Stone, Cathedral of Orense
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1933, Fletcher 257 (ii/II); from the edition of 162. 7 3/8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. Old hinges at top corners. (Stamped "Collection E John Taylor Arms).
$900

Puerto del Obispo, Zamora -  ARMS

Puerto del Obispo, Zamora
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1933, Fletcher 266, (ii/II), edition 160. 12 5/8 x 7 1/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil and with a pencil dedication (partially erased). A fine impression on antique French paper. Full margins. Very good condition other than the faintest trace of discoloration from an earlier mat.
$800

Destroyers in Wet Basin -  ARMS

Destroyers in Wet Basin
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1943, Fletcher 377 (iii/III), edition 875. 10 x 17 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. This is #2 from the U.S. Navy series. Depicted are the U.S.S. Radford, Quick & Mervine in South Kearney, N.J.
SOLD

St. Paul, Alps-Maritimes (France) -  ARMS

St. Paul, Alps-Maritimes (France)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1927, Fletcher 201 (ii/II); edition 259. 7 1/2 x 11 5/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is very good other than slight lightening within a previous mat opening. This work was published by the Print Club of Cleveland and the edition was printed in New York by Frederick Reynolds. Marc Chagall lived here and the Fondation Maeght is nearby.
$800

Le Penseur de Notre Dame -  ARMS

Le Penseur de Notre Dame
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1923, Fletcher 136 (i/II), edition 150. 12 1/2 x 10 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a light cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This iconic image epitomizes Arms' fascination with medieval architecture and it's a remarkable tribute to it. The plate was rebitten in 1937 and that constitutes Fletcher's description of the second state. Thirty-five impressions were then printed in addition to the one hundred and fifty from 1923.
$4,500

Gloria:  Saint Riquier (Gloria Ecclesiae Antiquae) -  ARMS

Gloria: Saint Riquier (Gloria Ecclesiae Antiquae)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1937, Fletcher 307 (iii/IV), edition 75. 13 7/8 x 8 5/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "Ed.75 III." This is a superb impression printed on J. WHATMAN watermarked paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The raisonné lists an edition of 175 for this state. In the fourth state the plate was cut down slightly.
$1,200

The Balcony (Venetian Gateway) -  ARMS

The Balcony (Venetian Gateway)
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1931, Fletcher 237 (iii/III), edition 110. 8 1/16 x 5 1/16 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on cream antique laid paper with an illegible watermark. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. This stellar Venetian print is one of several views of this famous city which exemplify his work in the etching medium.
$1,500

Evening, East River, New York -  ARMS

Evening, East River, New York
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching and aquatint, 1919, Fletcher 26 (vi/VI), edition 25. 3 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is good other than for some toning within an early mat opening and traces of old hinges at the top corners. This early work was also printed in color in an edition of 50.
SOLD

Stockholm -  ARMS

Stockholm
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1940, Fletcher 346 (iii/III); edition 395. 7 1/2 x 13 1/2 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "III" for the third state. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a light cream laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine other than for a modest little smudge in the lower left margin area. This print won multiple prizes from 1941-48.
$1,500

Shadows of Venice -  ARMS

Shadows of Venice
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching with aquatint, 1930, Fletcher 229 (ii/II), edition 100 (140?) 10 1/8 x 12 1/2 in. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on an old sheet of cream laid paper, probably an end leaf from a book or ledger. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a soft crease in the upper margin at left and another in the upper right margin corner; both not affecting the image. This very desirable print depicts the Ponte di Rialto, a favorite subject of etchers in modern times. (Note: the catalogue lists a printing of 127 impressions in 1930 and then an additional 13 proofs between 1930 and 1938. This impression is inscribed "edition 100.")
$2,200

In Memorian -  ARMS

In Memorian
JOHN TAYLOR ARMS
American, (1887-1953)
Etching, 1939, Fletcher 317 (ii/II), edition 312. 14 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Inscribed "ii" as in second state. This is as superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from light toning along the extreme left edge. This monumental work depicts the north portal of Chartres Cathedral.
SOLD

Haunted House -  BACON

Haunted House
PEGGY BACON
American, (1895-1987)
Drypoint, 1940, Flint 134, edition 250. 7 x 4 15/16 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is fine other than for the old hinges and two very minor printing wrinkles in the upper left and lower left corner margins extending away from the plate corners.
$900

The Noon Hour -  BACON

The Noon Hour
PEGGY BACON
American, (1895-1987)
Etching, 1931, Flint 101, edition unknown. 5 x 7 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. The location of this charming print is East 15th Street near Irving Place and Third Avenue in New York.
$1,000

Teasing the Cat -  BACON

Teasing the Cat
PEGGY BACON
American, (1895-1987)
Drypoint, 1919, Flint 43, edition unknown. 6 x 5 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a rich impression printed on a sturdy cream Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This is also called "The Teasing Attentions of Eleven Young Poles." This image served as an illustration for "Catnip and Catnap" from the True Philosopher and other Cat Tales published in Boston by Four Seas Company, 1919.
SOLD

The Promenade Deck -  BACON

The Promenade Deck
PEGGY BACON
American, (1895-1987)
Drypoint, 1920, Flint 47, edition about 500. 6 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression rich with burr. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small fold mark in the lower right corner of the sheet and a minor wrinkle in the the extreme bottom edge of the sheet, center. This print was published as part of the New Republic Portfolio, Six American Etchings in 1924. Depicted on board the S.S. New Amsterdam are Peggy Bacon and Alexander Brook; second and third from the lower right corner.
$1,700

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