Sprinters - JOHN J. A. MURPHY
JOHN J. A. MURPHY
Woodcut, circa 1924-31, Cole 155, edition less than 75. 11 1/8 x 13 in. Signed in pencil. This is a superb impression with full margins. The condition is fine apart from reside of two small hinges at the top of the sheet, far away from the image. Murphy's woodcuts are quite distinctive and this is considered by many to be his finest work. Sylvan Cole Gallery held an important retrospective of Murphy's work in 1990. The artist exhibited with the Leicester Gallery, London, while he was alive as well as with Frederick Keppel in New York. This print is illustrated on page 102 of Master Prints of Five Centuries; The Alan and Marianne Schwartz Collection (1991). Murphy was born in Boston and studied at the Museum school. He also studied in London with Noel Rooke and exhibited his work there at the Leicester Gallery. He was married to fellow artist, Cecil Buller.
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