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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).
$4,500

Landing -  LEIGHTON

Landing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1931, Boston PublicLibrary 195, edition 130. 8 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and numbered in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. This work is among Leighton's best known works called the Lumber Camp series. Six images were done in an edition of 30 for the UK and 100 for the US. These prints were based on her trip to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada.
$3,800

Limbing -  LEIGHTON

Limbing
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1931, BPL 191,edition 130. 8 5/8 x 12 in. Signed, titled and numbered in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are full. This work is numbered from the American edition of 100. There was an additional edition of 30 for the British market. This print is from the Lumber Camp series which was based on a trip to the Laurentian Mountains in Quebec, Canada.
$3,800

Apple Picking:  September -  LEIGHTON

Apple Picking: September
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1933, Boston Public Library 209, edition 60. 8 5/8 x 11 7/8 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine early impression from the British edition of 30, numbered in Roman numerals. (30 impressions for the American market were numbered in Arabic.) Printed on a fine cream Japanese paper, the margins are full. The condition is very good apart from slight toning within an earlier mat opening. This stellar image is from the Farmer's Year series. A later edition was printed in 1978.
SOLD

The Net Menders -  LEIGHTON

The Net Menders
CLARE LEIGHTON
American, (1899-1989)
Wood engraving, 1933, Boston Public Library 247, edition 200. 6 1/8 x 7 5/8 in. Signed, dated, numbered and titled in pencil. This is a fine, rich impression printed on thin cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is very good. (There are the usual three glue spots on the top from when the print was attached to the folder it was issued in.) Specifically, this lovely work was published by the Woodcut Society of Kansas City in 1933 and this folder accompanies the print. It contains an introduction by Martin Hardie.
SOLD

Waiting for the Breeze -  LEMOS

Waiting for the Breeze
PEDRO JOSEPH DE LEMOS
American, (1882-1954)
Woodcut printed in colors, 1925, Edwards 29b, edition unknown. 8 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is very good apart from a soft wrinkle in the lower right corner of the margin. Lemos' work is illustrated and discussed in A Spectrum of Innovation, Color in American Printmaking 1890-1940, by David Acton (1990), see pages 94-95. A leading exponent of the the California arts and crafts movement, Lemos had a major retrospective at the Monterey Museum of Art in 2015 accompanied by a catalogue by Robert W. Edwards.
$3,500

Puffing Billies -  LEWIS

Puffing Billies
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Etching and sand ground, 1916, McCarron 20, edition 15. 13 x 9 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, atmospheric impression with full margins. The condition is fine. (There's a minor smudge on the right margin.) This dynamic, early work depicts New York harbor and the subject of tugboats turns up in other Lewis prints (see McCarron 2,21,28 & 38.) Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, NY (with their label).
SOLD

Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y. -  LEWIS

Building a Babylon, Tudor City, N.Y.
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1929, McCarron 76, edition 84. 12 3/4 x 7 7/8 in. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Tudor City was completed in 1928 as a middle class housing project and became a historic district in 1988. The location is 40th to 43rd Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. As McCarron aptly states on page 140 of the catalogue raisonné, "The dripping stains on the embankment were possibly influenced by another print, Charles Meryon's 'La Morgue, Paris,' of 1854. Lewis included Meryon among the etchers he admired..."
$12,000

Wet Saturday -  LEWIS

Wet Saturday
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1929, McCaron 81, edition 72. 9 7/8 x 10 1/2 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The paper is a fine cream laid and the condition is excellent.
$9,000

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.
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 excellent. From the collection of Patricia Lewis with her stamp on the bottom edge of the sheet, verso.
$12,500

Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children -  LEWIS

Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1929, McCarron 78, edition 107. 9 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil, lower right. Also inscribed by the artist,"watakashi no E." This is a superb impression printed on off white laid paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Provenance: Kennedy Galleries (with their label). The scene is 34th Street at Park Avenue, New york.
PRICE ON REQUEST

Shadow Magic -  LEWIS

Shadow Magic
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1939, McCarron 126, edition 34. 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. Initialed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression with full margins. The printed surface is pristine. The condition is excellent. As McCarron mentions in the catalogue on page 216, "this is one of Lewis's most abstract designs." (This is also the only Martin Lewis print with a cat in it.) Provenance: Knoedler Galleries, NY.
SOLD

Snow on the El -  LEWIS

Snow on the El
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint and sand ground, 1931, McCarron 95, edition 49 including 5 trial proofs. 14 x 9 in. Signed in the plate. Signed in pencil, lower right. This is a superb, atmospheric impression of this great American print from the 1930s. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. The location depicted here is 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue in New York City.
SOLD

Break in the Thunderstorm -  LEWIS

Break in the Thunderstorm
MARTIN LEWIS
American, (1881-1962)
Drypoint, 1930, McCarron 86 (ii/II), intended edition of 85. 12 3/8 x 9 7/8 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a wove paper with a subtle greenish-blue tint. The margins are full and the condition is exceptionally fine. According to the catalogue, the location is the corner of 34th Street and Park Avenue, near Lewis's studio. Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, New York (with their label). The McCarron catalogue states 66 recorded impressions including 16 trials.
PRICE ON REQUEST

Along Side -  LINDENMUTH

Along Side
TOD LINDENMUTH
American, (1885-1976)
Linoleum cut printed in colors, undated (circa 1920), small edition. 9 x 7 in. Signed and titled n pencil. This is a fine, rich impression with full margins. The paper is a thick, fibrous wove sheet and the condition is fine. (There's a subtle suggestion of foxing in the upper right margin, outside if the image.) Lindenmuth was included in Janet Flint's landmark exhibition, Provincetown Printers; A Woodcut Tradition (1983). He is also represented in A Spectrum of Innovation; Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960, by David Acton (1990).
SOLD

The Home Port -  LINDENMUTH

The Home Port
TOD LINDENMUTH
American, (1885-1976)
Linoleum cut printed in colors, circa 1920, small edition. 8 x 6 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Here we have a very good impression printed on a fibrous, white wove paper. The condition is good and there are subtle spots of foxing showing in the full margins but they do not affect the image. Lindenmuth was included in Janet Flint's landmark exhibition, Provincetown Printers, A Woodcut Tradition (1983). He's also included in David Acton's 1990 catalogue, A Spectrum of Innovation; Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960.
SOLD

Cathedral Spires -  LINDENMUTH

Cathedral Spires
TOD LINDENMUTH
American, (1885-1976)
Linoleum cut, undated (circa 1920-25?), edition unknown. 12 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a stellar impression of this extremely rare and stunning print. The margins are full and the condition is fine. Lindenmuth was one of the original members of the Provincetown printers group and he specialized in scenes of boats and fishermen in the Cape Cod area. He was employed by the WPA during the 1930s. Cathedral Spires are located in Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Birger Sandzen produced a very similar block print of this subject in 1922.
$1,000

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.
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

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