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Surf and Rocks -  PATTERSON

Surf and Rocks
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1915-20, Bakker 47, edition 100 (?) 7 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. Signed in pencil (twice), numbered and also titled by the artist. This is a fine impression of this very rare woodcut. The margins are trimmed (by the artist) on the top and sides and there's about 3/4" along the bottom. The print is attached to a sheet of sturdy black paper which was most likely done by the artist. The edge of the sheet shows about 1/8" around the print which adds a decorative design element. The Bakker retrospective catalogue from 1989 only lists a gouache study for the print and not the woodcut. This is the first time we've handled an impression of "Surf and Rocks" and it depicts the rocky New England coastline, possibly Maine.
SOLD

Rose with Vine and Bud -  PATTERSON

Rose with Vine and Bud
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut, 1947, Bakker Retrospective catalogue 112b, small edition. 6 1/4 x 4 3/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a superb impression of this very rare work. The margins are trimmed to the borderline (by the artist). The condition is fine apart from a small ink smudge in the blank area at left, probably which occurred during the course of the printing process. This endearing work is Patterson's last recorded woodcut and this impression is illustrated on page 36 of the Bakker catalogue.
$2,800

Summer Flowers -  PATTERSON

Summer Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker 100a, intended edition of 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. Signed in pencil in the image, lower right. Signed titled and numbered just below the image. This is a superb, luminous impression of this rare print. The margins measure about 1/2" all around but this is most likely the full, untrimmed sheet as printed. The condition is fine apart from a small strip of scotch tape on the verso edges, top and bottom. This does not affect the front of the sheet in any way. The paper is Patterson's typical sturdy, somewhat thick Japanese paper which is especially well-suited for intensely rubbing the colors onto the paper from the back of the sheet.
SOLD

Summer Flowers -  PATTERSON

Summer Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker 100a, intended edition of 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/8 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression of this rare print. The margins measure about 1/2" all around but this is most likely the full, untrimmed sheet as printed. The condition is excellent. The paper is Patterson's typical sturdy, thick Japanese paper which is especially well-suited for intensely rubbing the colors onto the paper from the back of the sheet.
$7,000

Poppies and Convolvolus -  PATTERSON

Poppies and Convolvolus
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1920s, Bakker retrospective catalogue # 95, intended edition of 100. 7 1/4 x 10 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with notably fresh colors. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Certainly, the finest impressions of Patterson's woodcuts display a remarkable three-dimensionality. The intense work involved in rubbing the colors into the blocks is perfectly demonstrated here and the end result is almost sculptural. Due to the labor intensive nature of printing just one impression, and given the scarcity of her prints, we doubt that the full editions were ever printed.
SOLD

Street Scene, New England (probably Provincetown) -  PAXTON

Street Scene, New England (probably Provincetown)
WILLIAM PAXTON
American, (1869-1941)
Etching, undated (1920s), proofs only. 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression of a very rare print. The margins are apparently full and uncut. There's slight discoloration in the margins and there's crackling in the paper along the platemark. Paxton's etchings are all rare and he never printed editions, only proofs. I've seen this print only once before.
SOLD

Portrait of a Lady -  PAXTON

Portrait of a Lady
WILLIAM PAXTON
American, (1869-1941)
Conte pencil with white gouache highlights on grey paper, 1930, 14 3/8 x 11 1/8 in. Signed and dated, lower right. This is an outstanding drawing by this celebrated Boston school painter. The condition is very good. There is a faint bit of discoloration within a previous mat opening and old hinges at the top of the sheet.
$2,500

Structural Iron -  PEARSON

Structural Iron
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1912-1913, edition unknown. 13 7/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in the plate and signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression in very good condition apart from slight toning within an earlier mat opening. The margins are full. This is plate #5 (of six) from Pearson's "Toilers of the City" series. This excellent series was based on his observations in Chicago during the early teens. The artist admired the work of Joseph Pennell and it shows, but Pearson, also the gifted etcher, was able to introduce a human presence into his city views which is lacking in the prints of Pennell. These early views of Chicago are not especially common and they are important precursors for the WPA era printmakers and their renditions of similar subjects. Pearson exhibited his prints at Marshall Field and Company in Chicago, among other places in the midwest. He also produced a series called "Picturesque Chicago" which is less well-known.
$800

Firemen -  PEARSON

Firemen
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1913, edition unknown. 11 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in the plate and signed in pencil, lower right. A fine impression in very good condition. The margins are full. This is plate No.6 from Pearson's celebrated "Toilers of the City" series. Based on his time in Chicago, these compelling prints are remarkable for their fine draughtsmanship and command of the medium. Prints of firemen are rare in 20th century American printmaking.
$750

The Asphalters -  PEARSON

The Asphalters
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1911, edition unknown. 10 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower left. Signed and titled in pencil. This is fine impression printed with dramatic plate tone. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This is plate # 2 from his Toilers of the City Series. This excellent series was based on his observations in Chicago during the early teens. The artist admired the work of Joseph Pennell and it shows, but Pearson, also the gifted etcher, was able to introduce a human presence into his city views which is lacking in the prints of Pennell. These early views of Chicago are not especially common and they are important precursors for the WPA era printmakers and their renditions of similar subjects. Pearson exhibited his prints at Marshall Field and Company in Chicago, among other places in the midwest. He also produced a series called "Picturesque Chicago" which is less well-known.
$900

House and Rock, Carmel Highlands -  PEARSON

House and Rock, Carmel Highlands
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1922, edition unknown. 11 x 9 in. Signed and dated in the plate on the left side. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full. Pearson traveled all across America promoting etching and etchers by way of lectures and demonstrations at various art institutions. He was one of the early etchers in the Taos area having produced prints there in the teens and early 1920s. He did a small series of California prints and this one depicts the James House in Carmel which was designed by Greene and Greene.
$550

Pasadena Palms -  PEARSON

Pasadena Palms
RALPH PEARSON
American, (1883-1958)
Etching, 1925, edition unknown. 5 3/4 x 10 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on a cream wove paper. The margins are full. This is one of Pearson's few California etchings. There was an exhibition of his etchings in 1922 in Los Angeles at the Stendahl Galleries in the Ambassador Hotel. In addition, he won a silver medal at the Panama-Pacific Exposition.
$425

Porch of San Maclou, Rouen -  PENNELL

Porch of San Maclou, Rouen
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1907, Wuerth 461, edition probably 35. 8 x 10 3/8 in. Signed in pencil. THis is a fine impression printed with tone. The margins are irregular but substantial enough, probably untrimmed. There's a very faint suggestion of light discoloration within a previous mount. The original structure was built around 1200 and rebuilt 1437-1521.
SOLD

St. Paul's over Temple Stairs -  PENNELL

St. Paul's over Temple Stairs
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1905, Wuerth 380, edition probably 50. 11 x 8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, subtle impression in fine condition. The margins are full but the platemark is right near the top edge of the sheet, as printed. The title was written in the lower left margin but has been erased. This is an early impression before the plate was cut down for publication in the Gazette des Beaux Arts.
SOLD

Cowley Street, Westminster -  PENNELL

Cowley Street, Westminster
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1906, Wuerth 437, edition probably 40. 11 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with full margins. The condition is very good overall with two small rust specks to the left of the platemark and slight light toning within a previous mat opening.
$650

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York) -  PENNELL

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1924, Wuerth 854, edition probably 75. 13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression printed on antique laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This oustanding print depicts the construction of the New York Telephone building, known at the time as the Barclay-Vesey Building, which was completed in 1926. (In the background is the Woolworth Building.) This early art deco edifice was heavily damaged on 9/11 and has since been restored.
SOLD

The Unbelievable City -  PENNELL

The Unbelievable City
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1908, Wuerth 498, edition probably 50. 8 3/8 x 10 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine other than for very faint toning within an early mat opening. This view of lower Manhattan is from Governor's Island. The Singer Tower is the most prominent building depicted.
$1,400

Sunset,  from Williamsburg Bridge -  PENNELL

Sunset, from Williamsburg Bridge
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1915, Wuerth 674, edition probably about 100. 8 1/2 x 11 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are narrow on the top and sides but this is likely the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. Seen on the left side we have the Woolworth Building and the Singer Tower. The smokestacks on the right are part of sugar refineries and other factories on Kent Avenue in Williamsburg.
$1,400

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York) -  PENNELL

Caissons on Vesey Street (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1924, Wuerth 854, edition probably 75. 13 3/4 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression printed on antique paid paper. The margins are full although the sheet edge runs close to the platemark in the lower left corner. The condition is good and there's a skillful repaired break in the upper left corner of the image.
$850

On the Way to Bessemer -  PENNELL

On the Way to Bessemer
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1909, Wuerth 520, edition probably 90. 11 x 7 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. (There's a subtle printing crease in the lower left corner of the image.) This Pennsylvania subject epitomizes Pennell's interest in the growth of industrialized America during the early years of the 20th century.
$800

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