John Taylor Arms
1887-1953 ~ American

In Memoriam


This is a drypoint etching from 1939. #40 in his "French Church" series. Catalog: Fletcher 317. Edition of 312, an early proof of the second and final state. The blue paper and inky fingerprints on the back of the paper indicate that this is likely a trial proof. Plate measures 14 3/4 x 12 inches on blue watermarked laid paper. Alternatively titled "The North Portal of Chartres Cathedral." Pencil signed and dated in the lower right. Winner of the Artist Member Prize, Annual Exhibition, Baltimore Water Color Club, The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1939. It took the artist about 1,000 hours to etch this print, and upon closer inspection of the captivating detail in every single piece of stone, it's clear to see why. One of his most sought-after prints.

Cavendish Common


Etching, image size 6 3/8 X 14 9/16 inches, printed in 1942 by Charles White in an edition of 150, 2nd state proof, numbered "II", cat: Fletcher-370, pencil signed and dated. This atmospheric etching is a great example of the delicate lines and precise detail for which Arms was known. This image won several awards in the early 1940s; the Mrs. Henry F Noyes Memorial Prize for best print at the 27th Annual Exhibition of the Society of American Etchers, New York, N.Y. 1943; the First Prize in Black and White Section at the 12th Annual Exhibition of the Irvington Art and Museum Association, Irvington, N. J. 1945; and the First Prize in Black and White at the Annual Art Exhibition of the Bridgeport Art League, Bridgeport, CT. 1945.

Memento Vivere, Notre Dame, Evreux


From his French Church Series #47, this 1947 award winning etching by John Taylor Arms measures 13 3/8 x 6 7/8 inches, pencil signed and dated, edition of 198, state II, cat: Fletcher-47. This image won five major awards between 1947 and 1951 including 1st Prize at the Annual Exhibition of the Chicago Society of Etchers in 1949. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details which gave his etchings a very realistic, almost photographic appearance.

Reflections at Finchingfield


Etching C. 1938. Catalog: Fletcher 311. 2nd state, edition of 156. Printed by David Strang. Plate measures 7 1/16 x 17 1/8 inches on 9 1/4 x 20 5/8 inch Whatman watermarked laid paper. Number two in his English Series. Plate inscription in the lower right: "John Taylor Arms 1938." Pencil signed in the lower right: John Taylor Arms 1938. Pencil numbered "II" in the lower left and inscribed "To my friends Charlotte and Richard Perry - John Taylor Arms 1938". An atmospheric and exquisitely detailed print, Arms has perfectly captured the reflections of the buildings. There is even a signpost just above the bridge that is perfectly legible, but only with a loupe tool or magnifying glass. This print has won several awards including the Purchase Prize, the Josephine Hancock Logan Prize and Medal, and the Lotus Club Print Prize. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details.



Etching and Aquatint from 1940. Likely printed by David Strang. Print #1 in his Scandinavian Series. Image measures 7 1/2 x 13 1/3 inches on 11 5/8 x 18 1/4 inch watermarked laid type paper. This very sharp print has a wide tonal range and captures the patterns in the columns and floor.

Bark Metis Making Harbor


Colored etching and aquatint. Artist's proof. Pencil signed in the lower right. Edition of 200. Catalog: Fletcher 133. Plate size: 11 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches on 18 x 23 inch medium weight wove type paper. C. 1923. A dramatic and beautifully colored maritime etching.

Gothic Glory, Sens Cathedral


Also known as: "Sens, Cathédrale de Saint Ètienne" and "Sens, North Portal." An incredibly detailed drypoint etching with plate toning and a wide tonal range. Signed and dated 1929 in the lower right. Plate signed and dated in the lower right, plate titled in the lower left. Second and final state. Edition of 100. #25 in his French Church series. Catalog: Fletcher 218. C. 1929. Plate measures 15 x 9 inches on 17 1/8 x 11 1/2 inch laid paper. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details.

On Lake Como


This is an original color aquatint etching by American artist John Taylor Arms (1887-1953). The title of this work is "On Lake Como"...It was created and printed in 1919 in a small edition of only 63 signed proofs. The image measures 4 7/8X9 3/4 inches printed on a medium weight laid type paper, good condition a few minor handling creases in the border. This image appears in the Fletcher catalog as image number 22. One of the first of his experimental color etchings, the etching is hand signed and dated in pencil by the artist.

La Colegiata, Toro


C. 1935. Catalog: Fletcher 284. Edition of 153. #12 in the Spanish Church Series. Plate measures 9 1/2 x 12 1/4 inches on 10 5/8 x 14 7/8 inch watermarked laid paper. Pencil signed in the lower right and dated 1935. In the lower left: "To my dear friends Charlotte and Richard Perry, John Taylor Arms 1935." This print has a wide tonal range, with a variety of different intricate line patterns to convey shading and texture. John Taylor Arms was one of the foremost American printmakers of the 20th century, known for his exquisite compositions and exacting details.



This 1932 etching by the master printmaker, John Taylor Arms, measures 10 x 13 1/2 inches and is pencil signed and dated on the lower margin. Edition 142, repair to edge of image, right side. Part of his French Church Series.

The Pig Pen


One of John Taylor Arms' early etchings, this image of a rural European farm measures 4 5/8 x 11 7/8 inches, pencil signed, dated and numbered 3/75, also titled "The Sty" and "La Parcherie". Printed by Frederick Reynolds, cat: Fletcher #83. Created in 1920, this very detailed and expertly toned etching is beautifully matted and framed.

Battle Wagon- U.S.S. Alabama Outfitting at Norfolk Navy Yard


A great image of a WWII battleship by John Taylor Arms, this etching with aquatint measures 12 x 18 inches, #1 of Arms' "U. S. Navy Ship Series," published in 1943, state 3 of 6, pencil signed and dated lower right, numbered "VI" lower left, cat: Fletcher-376. This is a rare early state proof before the plate was steel-faced for the fourth state. John Taylor Arms was an extremely talented and successful artist in the early 20th century, known especially for his exquisite renderings of French cathedrals and other European architecture. He served as a naval officer during WWI and at the onset of WWII was ready to serve again, but did not meet the Navy's physical requirements. Instead, Arms created his "U.S. Navy Ship Series," to support the American war effort.