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George C. Wales
1868-1940

Rum and Bibles
1868-1940

Etching, image size 7 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches, 1931, pencil signed l.r. "George C. Wales", plate inscribed l.l. "Rum and Bibles for the West Coast of Africa G.C.W. 1931". Wales was born in Boston in 1868. He studied architecture at MIT and after graduation worked at a prominent firm in the Boston area eventually opening his own. It was only when he was nearing fifty that he became interested in the art of etching. His first exhibit was in 1921, by 1923 he had "mastered" the lithography process and in 1927 Wales published a book on etchings of American ships.


Winged Racer
1868-1940

etching, 1927, pencil signed, 5 1/2x7 1/4


The Fore Chains
1868-1940

etching, 1922, ed. 54, 9 7/8x7, pencil signed


Red Jacket
1868-1940

etching, 1921, pencil signed, 7x9 3/4,

Painting

Landscape at Twilight
1853-1921, American

A beautiful dusky landscape by noted American Tonalist artist John Francis Murphy. Painted in oil on chamfered panel, this landscape measures 8 1/8 x 11 1/8 inches, 1921, indistinctly signed lower right, signed or identified and dated on the back, in a period gilt frame. John Francis Murphy was one of the leading artists of the American Tonalist movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Print

The Boat Swing
1905-1990, British

This is an energetic scene of children swinging by British artist Eileen Soper. Etching with drypoint, image size is 10 7/8 x 7 3/8 inches, 1924, pencil signed, titled in the lower margin. Eileen Soper began etching as a young girl, and at age 16 exhibited her work at the Royal Academy in London. She specialized in scenes of children at play, which she depicted in beautifully loose, spontaneous drypoint lines. Later in life she illustrated several children's books, including 'The Fantastic Five'.

Drawing

The Artist's Daughter
1893-1986, American

Silverpoint on gessoed board with black, white, and red chalk, 9 3/8 x 7 1/4 inches, c. 1960, unsigned.