20th Century American


The Old Manse, Concord
1889-1971, New England

This 1931 wood engraving by Thomas Nason measures 4 1/16 x 3 7/8 inches. It is pencil signed and published in an edition of 40. Nason was a self-taught printmaker who depicted scenes of rural life in New England. He became known as the "poet engraver of New England" after he illustrated poems for fellow New Englander, Robert Frost. Cat: Fletcher 131.


Tug of War
1905-1990, British

This lovely image of children at play by Eileen A. Soper measures 4 x 6 13/16 inches. Pencil signed on the lower right, created in 1923. 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'.


Girard Trust Building, No. ll
1857-1926, American

This 1920 etching by Joseph Pennell measures 8 x 9 7/8 inches and is pencil signed. This wonderful scene of fast-paced life in downtown Philidelphia was printed in an edition of fifty. Cat: Wuerth 745.


Up to the Woolworth
1857-1926, American

This 1915 etching by Joseph Pennell measures 11 3/4 x 7 3/8 inches. Pencil signed on the l.r. in an edition of 75.


Barnegat Cottage, Marblehead
1895-1975, American

An idyllic setting in this original etching by Samuel Chamberlain. Created in 1949 in an edition of 300. Pencil signed with an edition number on the lower margin.


Give Us This Day
1903-1979, American

This is a beautiful original lithograph by American Regionalist artist John deMartelly. The image size is 13 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches, 1937, pencil signed. John deMartelly studied at the Pennsylvania School of Fine Arts, as well as in Italy and London. He was close friends with Thomas Hart Benton, with whom he taught at the Kansas City Art institute for several years, before becoming the artist in residence at Michigan State University. DeMartelly was known for his regionalist style, most often depicting scenes of rural American farm life.


Cigarette Underground
1901-1989, American

A striking original etching, this image measures 10 7/8 x 7 3/4 inches, published in an edition of 100 in 1938, pencil signed and titled, the "imp" after the artist's name indicating that he printed this impression himself. Irwin Hoffman attended the Boston Museum of Fine Arts School starting at the age of 15. After graduation, he won the Paige Traveling Scholarship which allowed him to travel and study throughout Europe for several years. When he returned from Europe, Hoffman set up a studio in New York City, and became especially known for his portraiture.


New York Skyline
1890-1983, American

This is a richly detailed original etching of New York City, the image size is 12 x 6 1/2 inches, c. 1930, pencil signed. Louis C. Rosenberg was a successful artist and architect; he studied at several prestigious Universities- The University of Oregon, Eugene, the American Academy in Rome, the Royal College of Art, London, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and continued to practice both art and architecture throughout his long career.


Tracks, Oberhausen
1857-1926, American

This is a fantastic scene of the railroad tracks and surrounding industrial buildings in Oberhausen, Germany by American artist Joseph Pennell. Etching, image size 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches, published in 1910 in an edition of 50 impressions, cat: Wuerth- 606, pencil signed "J. Pennell imp", the 'imp' indicating that Pennell printed this impression himself. This etching is printed on an early antique watermarked laid type paper with trimmed margins and a tab signature, in the style of Whistler.


Birds in the Bloom
1907-1982, British/American

This c. 1950 wood engraving by Nora Unwin measures 7 x 5 3/4 inches. It is pencil signed, titled and numbered on the lower margin. It is not in the McGoldrick catalogue. Born into the well known Unwin book publishing family in England, Nora showed her artistic talents from an early age and was schooled heavily throughout her early years in numerous creative arts. She studied at the RCA in London before coming to the US in 1946 and is credited with much of the revival of wood engraving in America in the early part of the 20th century.

Painting

A Rocky Coast
1921-, Canadian

Oil on board, 7 3/4 x 9 3/8 inches, c. 1950, signed l.r.

Print

Ben Johnson
1698 - 1780, Dutch

Engraving after I. Oliver, 1738, image size 14 3/16 x 8 7/8 in, sheet 17 1/2 x 12 1/2 in

Drawing

The Front Door
1872- c.1950, American

An unfinished sketch of a country home, shadowed by trees on a summer day by Dexter Dawes, measuring 7 5/8 x 11 inches.