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Venezia -  MONSON

Venezia
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1998, edition 80. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on Misumi Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. The artist describes his work in the reduction woodcut medium as follows, "Color reduction printing is a gradual process of removing already printed areas of color; these zones will remain in their desired color and keep their intensity. The transition from warm colors to cool colors is made by printing multiple layers of opaque white ink (considered as a blockout). The entire edition is printed after each change of color nuance and when the process comes to an end, the printing surface has virtually disappeared to the point of becoming totally unusable."
$650

Candide -  MONSON

Candide
JIM MONSON
American, (b. 1943)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1999, edition 75. 16 7/8 x 20 7/8 in. Signed, titled and dated in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine.
$650

The Witches Fire -  MOONY

The Witches Fire
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, small edition. 8 1/4 x 10 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled and numbered "6" in pencil from an unknown edition. This is a superb impression with full but typically narrow margins. The condition is very good other than thin paper attached on all sides around the margin edges which we feel has been there from early on. Moony produced wonderful color woodcuts which relate to children's tales set in picturesque landscapes. More research needs to be done on this fascinating artist.
$1,200

An Old Story -  MOONY

An Old Story
ROBERT J. ENRAGHT MOONY
Irish, (1879-1946)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, edition unknown but certainly small. 8 x 9 1/2 in. Signed, dated, titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with dynamic, rich colors. The margins are modest but this is the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine. This impression is numbered "9" in pencil. This delightful print by this Irish artist has a distinctive arts and crafts flavor. His work often depicts these picturesque fairy tale settings with children at play. He was born in Doone, Althlone, and studied at Kingsley College, Devon. In Paris he studied with Jean-Paul Laurens and Benjamin Constant.
SOLD

Spring Rhapsody -  MORTON

Spring Rhapsody
CONRAD & CAVENDISH MORTON
British, (active 1930s-1950s)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1934, edition unknown. 13 3/4 x 20 in. Signed in pencil by both artists, lower right. This is a fine, luminous impression with fresh colors. The paper is a sturdy Japanese and the margins are full. Apart from mild toning in the margins, the condition is very good overall. Like the brothers Detmold, the Cavendish twins both worked on their prints. They were largely self-taught and their work was shown and published by Colnaghi in London. They were born in 1911.
$1,400

Rain -  MURPHY

Rain
GLADYS WILKINS MURPHY
American, (1907-1985)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1930s, edition 50. 8 x 6 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine, atmospheric impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a subtle wrinkle in the lower right corner margin well away from the image.) Murphy was a student and teacher at the Rhode Island School of Design. She exhibited with the Boston Art Club, the Society of American Etchers, the Philadelphia Print Club and the National Academy of Design.
$750

Silhouette -  MURPHY

Silhouette
GLADYS WILKINS MURPHY
American, (1907-1985)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1940, edition unknown (this impression inscribed 8 x 6 in. Signed and titled in pencil. It's a fine impression on Japanese paper. The condition is fine and the margins are full. (The left margin is very narrow but it's still the full sheet, untrimmed.) Murphy studied at the Rhode Island School of Design with Eliza Gardiner and she eventually taught there herself from 1928-1946.
SOLD

In the Shadows -  MURPHY

In the Shadows
JOHN J. A. MURPHY
American, (1888-1968)
Woodcut, 1921, Cole Gallery catalogue # 56, not listed in the Québec catalogue: edition unknown. 6 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression in fine condition. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Murphy's distinctive woodcuts are not so common today. The last known exhibition of his works was at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec in 1997. When he was active he exhibited at the Keppel Gallery in New York and in London at the Leicester Gallery. He was married to the artist Cecil Buller.
$800

Paternity -  MURPHY

Paternity
JOHN J. A. MURPHY
American, (1888-1968)
Woodcut, 1923, Québec catalogue # 59, Cole Gallery catalogue # 122; edition unknown. 9 1/2 x 4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression of this rare print. The condition is fine and the margins are full. (There's just a faint, very subtle suggestion of foxing here and there in the margins.) Murphy's distinctive woodcuts are not so common today. The last known exhibition of his works was at the Musée National des Beaux-arts du Quebec in 1997. When he was active he exhibited at the Keppel Gallery in New York and in London at the Leicester Gallery. He was married to the artist Cecil Buller and her work was also included in the Quebec exhibition.
$950

Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, Boston -  NASON

Louisburg Square, Beacon Hill, Boston
THOMAS NASON
American, (1889-1971)
Wood engraving, 1930, Boston Public Library 119, edition 70. 7 x 8 in. Signed in pencil. A fine impression of this uncommon print. Very good condition.
$950

Le Pont d'Avignon -  NEEDELL

Le Pont d'Avignon
PHILIP G. NEEDELL
British, (1886-1974)
Color woodcut, 1925, edition 60. 9 1/4 x 13 7/8 in. Signed and titled in pencil. A fine impression with substantial but possibly trimmed margins.
$600

Swans -  NEUMANN

Swans
HANS NEUMANN
German, (1873-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920-30, edition unknown. 16 1/2 x 10 1/8 in. Signed in pencil and also initialed in the block with the artist's monogram. This is a fine, luminous impression in fine condition. The margins are about 3/4 inches on all sides. This outstanding woodcut was done in Munich and is so inscribed. His brother was Ernst Neumann, also an outstanding woodcut artist.
SOLD

Alpine Mountain Scene -  NEUMANN

Alpine Mountain Scene
HANS NEUMANN
German, (1873-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1910-20, edition unknown. 9 1/4 x 12 1/8 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed "Munchen" and "aquarellhanddruck." This is a fine impression printed on fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are substantial and the condition is very good. Neumann was a gifted artist and excelled at these subtle, poetic and well-crafted woodcut images. There is no proper catalogue raisonne of Neumann's prints and, in fact, there is surprisingly little in published material to help us document his work. His prints do turn up in America which suggests he may have had a dealer here at some point, probably when he was active in the early years of the 20th century. Furthermore, his editions were certainly not large given the overall scarcity of his prints.
$900

Swans -  NEUMANN

Swans
HANS NEUMANN
German, (1873-1957)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920-30, edition unknown. 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Monogrammed in the block, lower left, and signed in pencil, lower right. Also inscribed "Munchen," where the print was produced. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on sturdy off-white Japanese paper. The margins are wide. The condition is fine apart from old paper tape hinges on the left side, top and bottom, well away from the image. Swans were a favorite subject by the artist and we currently have another such image available.
SOLD

Garden Flowers -  PATTERSON

Garden Flowers
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1921, Bakker 90, intended edition of probably 100. 10 1/4 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in pencil within the image, lower left. Signed and titled in pencil just below the image. This is a very fine impression with vibrant colors. The margins measure about 1/2" around but this is most likely the full sheet as printed. There's also a subtle wrinkle from the printing process which can be seen in the background at left and it extends somewhat into the image. The condition is very good apart from two small strips of scotch tape on the top and bottom edges verso. This is not visible from the front. The intense work involved in rubbing the colors into the back of the sheet from the blocks is perfectly demonstrated here. 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.
$6,000

Main Street, Nantucket -  PATTERSON

Main Street, Nantucket
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1920, Bakker Retrospective 60, intended edition of 100. 7 1/4 x 10 5/8 in. Signed (twice) in pencil. Titled in pencil as well. This is a good impression in fine condition. The margins are trimmed to the image along the top and on the sides, with about 1" along the bottom. (This was done by the artist.) Patterson lived and taught in Massachusetts for many years and produced several outstanding works depicting Cape Cod and the island of Nantucket.
$4,000

Anemones -  PATTERSON

Anemones
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (1920s), Bakker 99a, intended edition of 100. 9 7/8 x 7 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on a fibrous, off white Japanese paper. The margins are full. The condition is quite good. This is a rare, annotated proof before the formal edition. The artist has made pencil annotations in the margins referencing difference colors for possible changes, ie. "black," "white," "dark green," etc. This is the completed image, but as is so often the case with arts and crafts era woodcut artists, they are always thinking about the next impression and how they might make color adjustments. We have never seen a Patterson print like this and consider it a unique opportunity.
$5,500

Coast Cedars -  PATTERSON

Coast Cedars
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (circa 1920-25), Bakker 58, edition 100. 7 1/4 x 10 1/4 in. Signed (twice), titled and numbered in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on sturdy, fibrous Japanese paper. The condition is fine. (The margins are modest along the top and sides but this was the intent of the artist who trimmed them.) This exceptional arts and crafts image was probably done on Cape Cod, about the same time she produced such notable works as Summer Clouds, Windblown Trees and The Sands, Chatham.
SOLD

The Winding Road -  PATTERSON

The Winding Road
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, undated (circa 1912-14), Bakker 29, edition unknown. 7 x 9 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression of this uncommon, early work. The margins are narrow and certainly trimmed as such by the artist. The condition is fine. (This impression is originally from the estate of the artist.) This delightful, arts and crafts image is certainly a European scene; we know that Patterson did travel to France, Holland and Belgium before WWI.
$2,800

Bleeding Heart -  PATTERSON

Bleeding Heart
MARGARET PATTERSON
American, (1867-1950)
Woodcut printed in colors, circa 1925, Bakker 93, intended edition of 100 but far fewer were actually printed. 7 x 10 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a superb, crisp impression printed on the usual heavy, fibrous, creamy Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This print is not numbered but her prints occasionally turn up as such. This stellar impression has rich, fresh colors in the flowers and the lighter background inking is a nice departure from the heavy, intense inking of so many of her floral woodcuts.
SOLD

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