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A Woman -  LANDACRE

A Woman
PAUL LANDACRE
American, (1893-1963)
Wood engraving, circa 1937, edition 60. 10 1/2 x 6 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on thin white Japanese paper. The condition is excellent and the margins are full. Landacre's nude studies are remarkable for their design and execution. His work is the gold standard for figurative as well as landscape wood engraving in America during the 1930s.
SOLD

11 West 11th Street (New York) -  LANDECK

11 West 11th Street (New York)
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1939, Kraeft 79, edition 100. 12 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. A great many of the impressions from this plate were printed after 1939. Mohammad Omer Khalil, a master printer, started filling out Landeck's editions is the early 1970s and his blindstamp appears in the lower right corner of the margin. Khalil has also printed for Jim Dine, Louise Nevelson and Romare Bearden. This is an exceptional early work by Landeck.
$2,500

Studio Interior, No. 1 -  LANDECK

Studio Interior, No. 1
ARMIN LANDECK
American, (1905-1984)
Drypoint, 1935, Kraeft 57, edition 100. 8 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine. In this classic study of a printmaking studio, Landeck here depicts his first atelier in Cornwall, CT. Shown on the wall in the upper right corner is his rare lithograph, View of New York, from 1932.
$1,800

Sunflowers -  LAZZELL

Sunflowers
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Gouache on paper mounted to a gray support sheet, probably 1928, 6 x 6 in. Unsigned. This rare rug design from the Ralph Pearson estate is in fine condition. Lazzell worked with the Ralph Pearson Design Workshop in New York along with other artists including: George Biddle, John Storrs, Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Tannahill and others. They produced modernist designs for hooked rugs and the rugs were made in Maine by artisans and sold in New York by Pearson. The rug for this design was made in 1928 and at least one is known to exist today. (See page 103 of Blanche Lazzell, The Life and Work of an American Modernist (2004), by Robert Bridges, et al.) The design in numbered on the support sheet "# 133-Blanche Lazzell-Yellow Roses" with the number 133 referring to the number of the rug design which customers could choose from. The title listed does not agree with the subject illustrated and we consider this an error. This design also relates to the woodblock print "The Blue Jug." Lazzell was actively involved with promoting her rugs and exhibited them in her studio. "Through the hooked rug project with Pearson, Lazzell participated in advanced modern design in America, with its intention to blur the distinction between fine art and decorative art." (Bridges, pg. 106) Ralph Pearson (1883-1958) was a gifted etcher, writer and arts advocate who spent time living and working in New Mexico, California, Chicago and New York.
SOLD

Exhibition Announcement -  LAZZELL

Exhibition Announcement
BLANCHE LAZZELL
American, (1878-1936)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1930, Shapiro/MFA 52, edition unknown. (image) 7 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. (sheet) 10 1/2 x 5 5/8 in. Initialed in the block, lower left. This is a fine impression of this very rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a small, barely visible 1/2" tear at the top edge at left and another tiny split at the bottom. This endearing Provincetown image captures the essence of what was happening in this New England artists community during the 1920s and 1930s. The sheet was first printed (or applied by hand) with this vibrant background color and then the image and text were printed, possibly from two separate blocks. This charming print is illustrated on page one of "From Paris to Provincetown: Blanche Lazzell and the Color Woodcut (2002).
$6,500

Pennies -  LEBOIT

Pennies
JOSEPH LEBOIT
American, (1907-2002)
Lithograph printed in colors, circa 1935, edition probably about 25. 17 7/8 x 12 5/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare WPA print. The margins are mostly full and the condition is very good. (There's a small loss in the lower right corner margin, a repaired tear in the right margin just to outside the image and minor stains on the verso and top edge of the front of the sheet.) Leboit was born in New York, studied at the Art Students League, and was prominent in the Artists for Victory organization. He was politically active as an artist for various liberal organizations including the paper PM and New Masses. Leboit's work is illustrated and discussed in The American Scene, Prints from Hopper to Pollack (2008) by Stephen Coppel. This impression bears the stamp of the NYC WPA Art Project and an impression of this print is located in the Newark Museum.
$2,800

Fishing in the Creek -  LEIGHTON

Fishing in the Creek
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1952, Boston Public Library 631, edition 150. 7 x 4 7/8 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is quite good. (The original hinges remain at the four corners.) This print is from the series about North Carolina folklore published by Duke University Press, 1952, Volume III.
SOLD

Corn Husking in the Mountains -  LEIGHTON

Corn Husking in the Mountains
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1952, Boston Public Library 617, edition 150. 7 x 4 7/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good; the original hinges remain on the four corners. This print relates to the North Carolina Folklore series, Volume I, as published by Duke University Press, 1952.
SOLD

Apple Butter -  LEIGHTON

Apple Butter
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1942, Boston Public Library 523, edition 50. 7 1/2 x 5 1/4 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression on Japanese paper in fine condition. (The original hinges remain at the four corners.) The margins are full. Beautifully designed, this print is from the series "Southern Harvest" which was published in book form in 1942 by the Macmillan Co, New York.
SOLD

Lobsters -  LEIGHTON

Lobsters
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1949-1950, Boston Public Library 605, edition 50. 9 1/2 in. in diameter. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a cream Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good apart from very faint toning within an early mat opening. This uncommon print is one of twelve wood engravings of New England Industries which were eventually issued as a set of Wedgwood plates.
SOLD

Rain on Murray Hill -  LEWIS

Rain on Murray Hill
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1928, McCarron 75, edition 110. 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression with full margins. The paper is a medium weight off white wove with an acorn leaf watermark. The condition is fine. This exemplary work depicts a scene just a few blocks from the artist's studio at 145 East 34th Street in New York. Impressions are cited in twelve museum collections.
SOLD

Cronies -  LEWIS

Cronies
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Aquatint, 1932, McCarron 96, edition 60 including three trial proofs. 9 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right and also inscribed, "first trial proof." This is a rich, dark impression of an UNRECORDED FIRST STATE. This impression is before considerable work (lightening) on the clothes of the figures at left, and before multiple changes (lightening) on the right between the tire tracks and also further to the right side. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This print was done while Lewis was living in rural Connecticut.
$6,000

Tree, Manhattan -  LEWIS

Tree, Manhattan
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1930, McCarron 87, edition 91 including ten trial proofs. 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This exceptional print contains all the elements of a great Martin Lewis; dramatic lights and darks, solitary figures, well-integrated architectural design and there's that added element of urban mystery to engage our imagination.
SOLD

Three Girls Conversing -  LEWIS

Three Girls Conversing
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Etching with drypoint, circa 1946, McCarron 134 (ii/II), edition 7. 6 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed "Martin Lewis, P.L." (Patricia Lewis) in the lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This rare print bears the stamp, verso, of Lucile Deming Lewis (not in Lugt), see McCarron pages 37-38.
SOLD

Under the Street Lamp -  LEWIS

Under the Street Lamp
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Etching, 1928, McCarron 70, edition 83. 14 7/8 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on white laid paper with full margins. The condition is very good apart from a skillfully repaired tear in the center right margin, well away from the image. This impression bears the round estate stamp of Lucile Deming Lewis.
SOLD

Clothes Shop (New York) -  LOCKE

Clothes Shop (New York)
CHARLES LOCKE
American, (1889-1983)
Lithograph, 1936 or 1937, edition about 25. 11 x 6 5/8 in. Signed on the stone with the artists monogram. Signed and titled in pencil below the image. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. This print was done as part of the New York Federal Art Project and bears the ink stamp. Locke excelled in lithography and he worked closely with Joseph Pennell at the Art Students League. He eventually succeeded Pennell there as Instructor of Lithography. There was a retrospective of his work at the Pratt Graphics Center and Pratt Institute in 1985. This work is illustrated on page 107 of The Federal Art Project: American Prints From the 1930s (1985) University of Michigan.
$750

Guts of Manhattan -  LOZOWICK

Guts of Manhattan
LOUIS LOZOWICK
American, (1893-1973)
Lithograph, 1939, Flint 161, edition 20. 13 1/8 x 9 1/4 in. Initialed on the stone in the extreme lower left corner. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a superb impression of this uncommon print. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The catalogue states on page 135, "This work was done during a period when the Sixth Avenue elevated was being demolished and subway lines were being constructed along Sixth Avenue and Eighth avenues. Lozowick would often walk along the construction sites, sketching what could be seen under the scaffolding."
SOLD

Noon -  LOZOWICK

Noon
LOUIS LOZOWICK
American, (1893-1973)
Lithograph, 1930, Flint 60, edition 50. 8 1/4 x 11 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression in fine condition with full margins. Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, New York.
$1,200

Corner of Steel Plant -  LOZOWICK

Corner of Steel Plant
LOUIS LOZOWICK
American, (1893-1973)
Lithograph, 1929, Flint 21, from the 1972 edition of ten impressions. 11 1/2 x 7 3/4 in. Initialed on the stone with the artist's monogram. Signed and dated in pencil and inscribed "I/X." This is a fine impression in excellent condition. The margins are full. This potent, early print was printed in an early edition of 25 impressions.
$2,000

Angry Skies (Andante Cantabile) -  LOZOWICK

Angry Skies (Andante Cantabile)
LOUIS LOZOWICK
American, (1893-1973)
Lithograph, 1935, Flint 123. edition 250. 9 1/2 x 13 3/8 in. Initialed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on white wove paper. The margins are trimmed a bit on the top and bottom but are still substantial enough. The condition is very good. This impression is from the 1948 edition published by Associated American Artists and printed by George Miller. There was a small edition of ten impressions printed in 1935.
$1,500

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