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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.
$1,400

Night and the Salute, Venice -  LITTEN

Night and the Salute, Venice
SIDNEY M. LITTEN
British, (1887-1934)
Etching and drypoint, 1928, edition perhaps 80. 10 1/4 x 16 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb, luminous impression printed on a greenish-blue paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Litten studied with Frank Short at the Royal College of Art. He exhibited at the Walker Galleries and the Royal Academy. This is a large and exceptional example of his work.
$550

Venetian Steps -  LITTEN

Venetian Steps
SIDNEY M. LITTEN
British, (1887-1934)
Etching and drypoint, 1928, edition 80. 10 3/4 x 15 in. Signed and numbered "xxviii" in pencil. Here we have a fine, luminous impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Impressions of this print are located at the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Princeton University Art Museum.
$550

Reading I (Lezende I) -  LOEBER

Reading I (Lezende I)
LOU LOEBER
Dutch, (1894-1983)
Linocut, 1930, edition 100. 5 7/8 x 4 3/4 in. Signed, dated and numbered in pencil. Titled below probably by another hand. Here we have a fine, dark impression printed on a fibrous Japanese paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There's a soft crease across the top margin well away from the image.) Loeber attended the State Academy of Fine Arts (Rijksakademie) in Amsterdam from 1915-1918 but left early as she considered it too conservative. Her work was inspired by Piet Mondrian, Theo van Doesburg and Bart van der Leck. Essentially, she found her spiritual home with the Dutch De Stijl group. She married the artist Dirk Koning in 1931. She produced another, slightly larger version of this same subject.
$2,200

Omval -  MCBEY

Omval
JAMES MCBEY
Scottish, (1883-1959)
Etching, 1910, Hardie/Carter 78, edition 78. 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 in. Signed, titled and dated in the plate, lower right. Signed and numbered in ink. This is a stunning, beautifully inked impression of this uncommon print. The margins are full and there's an illegible watermark running vertically along the left side. The condition is fine. This early work relates closely to Rembrandt's 1645 etching by the same title. In Rembrandt's version, the tree is on the other side of the composition and there's a standing figure.
$900

Venetian Night -  MCBEY

Venetian Night
JAMES MCBEY
Scottish, (1883-1959)
Etching, 1925, Hardie/Carter 254; edition 81 plus 18 trial proofs. 10 7/8 x 16 5/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. Signed and numbered in ink. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on a greenish blue paper with the top edge irregular. The sheet was originally bound into a book or volume of some kind. The margins are modest but this appears to be the full sheet as printed. The condition is fine apart from a slight mat line from an early mat opening. This memorable work is one of McBey's very best prints and it's a landmark image for early 20th century British printmaking. Venetian Night is illustrated on page 65 of Great Images of British Printmaking by Raymond Lister (1978).
SOLD

Jeter Spivey's Place -  MEISSNER

Jeter Spivey's Place
LEO MEISSNER
American, (1895-1977)
Wood engraving, 1940s, edition 50. 8 x 11 in. Signed, numbered and titled in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Impressions of this pastoral work are found in the Blanton Museum of Art and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art.
$500

Haystacks -  NASON

Haystacks
THOMAS NASON
American, (1889-1971)
Wood engraving, 1949, Boston Public Library 462, AAA 1117; edition 250. 6 3/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. This is a very fine impression printed on thin wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is excellent. Here we have a fine example of Nason's work in the wood engraving medium.
$450

November Evening -  NESBITT

November Evening
JACKSON LEE NESBITT
American, (1913-2008)
Etching, 1946, Retif/Salzar 24, edition 250. 8 3/4 x 11 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine impression with substantial margins. The condition is very good apart from faint toning along a previous mat opening. This print was published by Associated American Artists and was featured in Albert Reese's book, American Prize Prints of the 20th Century. It was awarded the Eames Prize in 1946 by the Society of American Etchers as well as a purchase prize from the Library of Congress. The scene depicted was in Arkansas and Nesbitt was sketching along this road with Benton. This scenario provided the basis for the etching and also a painting of the same subject.
$1,500

The Peaceful Courtyard -  NIEUWENKAMP

The Peaceful Courtyard
WOJ NIEUWENKAMP
Dutch, (1874-1950)
Etching, 1898-1910, Nieuwenkamp E25, Hubert E25 (ii/III), Braches E25 (ii/III); edition 25. 7 3/16 x 9 5/8 in. (image size) Signed and titled in pencil. Also, inscribed "épreuve d'artiste." This is a fine, rich impression of this charming, early print. The margins are substantial and the condition is fine. (There's subtle discoloration in the left edge of the sheet well away from the image.) This courtyard view was based on a pen and ink drawing and was done in Haarlem. There were just a couple of proofs of the first state, 25 in this, the second, and the plate was cut down in the third state with an edition of 25 numbered impressions printed in 1910 by Scheltema & Holkema.
$1,000

The Weary Ploughman -  PALMER

The Weary Ploughman
SAMUEL PALMER
British, (1805-1881)
Etching, Begun in 1858, Lister 8 (viii?/VIII), edition unknown. 5 3/16 x 7 15/16 in. Unsigned. This is a fine, luminous impression printed on chine applique. The sheet has been trimmed within the exceptionally wide platemark but there still remains about 3/4 in. around the image. The condition is fine otherwise. The eighth and final state was published by the Etching Club in 1865 and bears the number "4" just below the image at center. This impression does not have the number so it's possibly a proof before publication. The various states of this print, along with other Palmer etchings, are difficult to sort out. The Weary Ploughman is a stellar example of Palmer's work in the etching medium and he worked intensely on this plate for about six weeks. The plate was cancelled during Palmer's lifetime in about 1875.
$2,750

Santa Rosita (Hollister Peak) -  PARTRIDGE

Santa Rosita (Hollister Peak)
ROI PARTRIDGE
American, (1888-1984)
Etching, 1923, White 141 (i/II), edition 92. 9 3/4 x 11 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, upper right. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression printed on a light cream laid paper. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from traces of small old hinges at the top corners of the margins. Partridge began teaching at Mills College in 1920 and later served as director of their Art Gallery. Forty-two of his etchings were exhibited at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915. This stellar print was included in Fine Prints of the Year, 1924. The artist was married to the photographer Imogen Cunningham from 1915 until 1934.
SOLD

The Elevated (New York) -  PENNELL

The Elevated (New York)
JOSEPH PENNELL
American, (1857-1926)
Etching, 1921, Wuerth 789, edition perhaps 50. 10 x 6 7/8 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression printed on a light cream wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. (There are Pennell's inky fingerprints showing here and there in the margins.) This print depicts the Sixth Avenue El at the very heart of the shopping district. Gimbels, Sacks and Co. and Macy's are nearby. This print was done when Pennell and his wife moved to Brooklyn Heights in 1921.
$750

California Landscape -  RATHBONE

California Landscape
AUGUSTA RATHBONE
American, (1897-1990)
Etching and aquatint printed in colors, circa 1940, edition probably 15. 8 x 9 1/8 in. Signed in pencil and also inscribed by the artist, artist's proof. This is a fine impression with full margins. The condition is also fine apart from modest old tape hinges on the verso. Rathbone was a California artist who studied in France. Her work is included in A Spectrum of Innovation: Color in American Printmaking 1890-1960, by David Acton (1990). Provenance: Annex Galleries, CA.
SOLD

Conference -  RUTKA

Conference
DOROTHY RUTKA
American, (1907-1985)
Etching and aquatint, about 1936, edition probably about 25. 9 x 7 1/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. Here we have a fine, dark impression printed on wove paper. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This impression bears the stamp "Federal Art Project No.1" Rutka was from Michigan and studied at the Cleveland School of Art. She graduated in 1929 and joined the Cleveland WPA in 1936. An impression of this print is located in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
$800

The Post Setters -  SALLEE

The Post Setters
CHARLES SALLEE
American, (1913-2006)
Soft ground etching, circa 1937, edition unknown, perhaps about 25. 5 3/8 x 6 3/4 in. Signed and titled in pencil. This is a fine, dark impression of this rare Cleveland WPA print. The margins are wide and the condition is very good. (There's a skillfully repaired split in the top margin, well away from the image and faint traces of adhesive in the outer margins.) Sallee graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1936 and from Case Western in 1938 with a B.S.E. degree. His work is discussed in the Reba and Dave Williams catalog, Alone in a Crowd, Prints of the 1930s-40s by African-American Artists (1993). This impression does not have the WPA stamp which occurs with many artists working in the various programs. Case Western has an impression of this print in their WPA collection.
SOLD

Lienden -  SCHELFHOUT

Lienden
LODEWIJK SCHELFHOUT
Dutch, (1881-1943)
Drypoint, 1916-1919, Zandvoort 54 (ii/II), edition 31. 6 3/8 x 4 7/8 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "2st" for second state of two. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is excellent. Schelfhout excelled in the drypoint medium and his best work consisted of these subtle, modernist landscapes which remind us of the early work of Mondrian. In fact, Schelfhout shared a studio with Mondrian in Paris and he helped introduce cubist aesthetics to Holland. His graphic work is included in the catalogue, The Cubist Print, 1981.
$650

Le Soir -  SCHELFHOUT

Le Soir
LODEWIJK SCHELFHOUT
Dutch, (1881-1943)
Drypoint, 1914, Zandvoort 28 (ii/II), edition 26. 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and dated in pencil. Inscribed "2st" for the second state of two. The print is titled in the lower right corner probably by another hand. This is a superb impression of this early, uncommon print. The margins are full. The condition is fine apart from a faint suggestion of a mat line from an earlier mount. Schelhout's work is illustrated and discussed in Ackley's 2014 book, Holland on Paper in the Age of Art Nouveau, Pages 212-213. He was one of the very few Dutch cubist artists.
SOLD

The Four Bridges -  SCHUTZ

The Four Bridges
ANTON SCHUTZ
American, (1894-1977)
Etching, 1929, Harbor Gallery 19, edition unknown. 10 x 13 3/4 in. Signed in pencil. This is a fine impression printed on cream wove paper. The margins are apparently full and the condition is fine. This exemplary view of New York from Brooklyn shows the Brooklyn Bridge, followed by the Manhattan, Williamsburg and Queensboro Bridges.
SOLD

Waitresses -  SOYER

Waitresses
RAPHAEL SOYER
American, (1899-1987)
Lithograph, 1954, Cole 71, edition 250. 11 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. Signed on the stone, lower left. Signed in pencil. Here we have a fine impression with wide margins. The condition is also fine. This is a nice example of Soyer's great skills as a draughtsman. Impressions are located at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
$1,400

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