20th Century American


The Golden Cornice 1
1857-1926, American

Etching by the American artist, Joseph Pennell, measuring 11 x 8 inches, pencil signed, 1904, cat: Werth-349, repair tear within image. Pennell was an important American etcher, lithographer and illustrator. Good friends with James McNeill Whistler, he and his wife co-authored his biography. Pennell was known for his continued experimentation with technique and style, producing cityscapes, landscapes and marine scenes.


Trackside - Chicago
20th C., American

Architectural etching created by the American artist, Kent Hagerman, measuring 10 1/4 x 7 5/8 inches, pencil signed and titled.


The Winding Road
1876-1925, American

Etching with drypoint by Ernest Haskell measures 10 5/8 x 5 inches, plate signed, 1923. This was a presentation print for the Brooklyn Society of Etchers. Ernest Haskell was born in Connecticut and in the early 20th century spent time in both New York and Paris. While in Europe he met Whistler and was inspired to take up etching; his style was greatly influenced by the work of Whistler as well as that of Rembrandt, Da Vinci and Durer.


L'Insaisissable  (The Unattainable)
1884-1949, American

Considered Simmons most desirable and famous work of art, this 1923 etching and drypoint measures 10 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches, pencil signed in an edition of 50 or less. Simmons was born in Spain to artistic parents and studied at the Academie Julian in Paris. He loved wild life and spent much of his time sketching at the Natural History Museum and at various zoos. First introduced to etching by John Marin, Simmons became a master of the drypoint engraving.


Moonlit Beach
1881-1961, American

This etching by the American artist Huc Mazelet Luquiens measures 2 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches and is pencil signed. Born in 1881 in Massachusetts of French speaking parents, he received his masters in Fine Art from Yale before traveling to Paris to attend the Ecole des Beaux Arts and the Academie Julian. After a visit to his sister's home in Hawaii in 1917 and finding the landscape irresistible, he spent the rest of his life there first starting the art department at the University of Hawaii and teaching there for many years and also co-founding the Honolulu Printmakers which still exists today.


Coati Bears
1907-1982, British/American

This c. 1935 wood engraving by Nora Unwin measures 3 x 3 1/2 inches and is pencil signed and titled in an edition of 30. Unwin grew up in England and studied art with Leon Underwood, then at the Kingston School of Art and the Royal College of Art before moving to the United States in the 1940s, settling in Wellesley, MA and Peterborough, NH. She was a renowned artist, printmaker and children's book illustrator, and contributed greatly to the revival of wood engraving in 20th century America.


Eggmoggin Reach
1889-1971, New England

This 1940 chiaroscuro wood engraving by the American artist Thomas Nason measures 6 x 10 inches, pencil signed and dated, in an edition of 250, two blocks; black and gray, for Associated American Artists, cat: BPL-300. Known as the "Poet Engraver of New England", Nason was a prolific artist who specialized in incredibly detailed, atmospheric wood engravings of the New England landscape.


Wire Mill Pond
1844-1891, American

Etching, image size 5 x 4 inches, plate titled, dated and initialed.


Manhattan Twilight
1895-1975, American

This etching and mezzotint by the American artist Samuel Chamberlain measures 13 x 9 3/8 inches, pencil signed, edition 7/100, cat: BPL 111, 1932, inscribed on the lower margin by the artist, "With warm good wishes from the Chamberlains - SC". A lovely image of the New York skyline including Wall Street created by Chamberlain in May of 1932. Samuel Chamberlain studied architecture at MIT, but interrupted his studies to serve in France during WWI. After the war, Chamberlain worked as an architectural draftsman in Boston before leaving the US to travel throughout France and Europe.


Tree Tapestry
1900-1988, Italian-American

Etching, image size is 9 x 10 3/4 inches, cat: Embury-94, 1945, published by AAA, ed. 250, pencil signed l.r.

Painting

A View in Scotland

Watercolor, 18th century, image size 10 1/2 x 18 inches, titled in ink on reverse

Print

Le Galant
1661-1721, European

This engraving by Benoit Audran II measures 14 1/2 x 11 inches after a painting by A. Watteau.

Drawing

Church Fair Bill
1872- c.1950, American

A sketch of a church fair bill with Mt. Monadnock in the background by Dexter Dawes measures 10 1/4 x 5 5/8 inches.