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

Painting

Cutty Sark
1879-1967, American

This highly detailed painting of the clipper ship "Cutty Sark" is by noted American marine artist Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967). An oil on canvas created around 1930, it measures 30 x 40 inches and is signed by the artist in the lower right corner. This ship was one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of the fastest, holding the record time from Australia to Britain for a period of ten years. The name refers to the witch "Nannie Dee" in Robert Burns 1791 poem "Tam o'Shanter" and she is represented as the ships figurehead in a white "cutty sark" or short nightgown.

Print

Adam and Eve
1891-1951, Polish/French

Etching, 11 1/4 x 8 5/8 inches, pencil signed lower right. He was involved in the foundation of the famed Atelier 17 studio, an important influence for many artists, including Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti, and Marc Chagall.

Drawing

Waterside Study
1848 - 1921, American

Watercolor, image size 6 x 8 1/2 inches. McAuliffe was active in the late 19th century and produced public works especially in Everett, Mass: Roman Catholic Cathedral, St John's; Parlin Library. His specialties were maritime and religious subjects.