Howard Cook (1901-1980), Chrysler Building (Chrysler Building in Construction) – –1930, Wood Engraving. Duffy 122. Edition 75, only 50 printed. 1931, signed in pencil, annotated “imp” and dated; printed by the artist Image size 10 1/16 x 6 11/16 inches (256 x 170 mm); sheet size 11 7/8 x 9 inches (302 x 229 mm). A superb, black impression, on thin cream wove Japan paper, in excellent condition. By the early 1930s, Cook’s prints of New York, especially its skyscrapers and bridges, were widely known and often reproduced in such magazines as Harpers and The Atlantic Monthly. The first solo […]
Current Inventory by Howard Cook
Montparnasse Street– 1931, Etching Duffy 128. Edition 50, only 25 printed. Signed, dated, and annotated imp and 50 in pencil. Image size 4 7/8 x 9 7/8 inches (124 x 251 mm); sheet size 7 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches (191 x 343 mm). A fine, rich impression, on cream laid paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 1 7/8 inch), in excellent condition. Printed by the artist. Scarce. Collections: NMAA, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, UNM.
Howard Cook (1901-1980), Soaring New York, aquatint, soft0ground etching, roulette, 1931-2; signed, dated and annotated “imp” in pencil lower right, titled lower margin. Reference: Duffy 165, fifth state (of 5), from the edition of 75. In very good condition, the full sheet with deckle edges, 8 15/16 x 11 3/4, the sheet 11 x 15 1/8 inches. A fine atmospheric impression, printed on a cream wove paper. Nearly half of Cook’s entire print output was done in the period from 1928-1931, including most of his iconic images of New York. Soaring New York is one of the most […]
Howard Cook (1901-1980), Financial District, lithograph, 1931, signed and dated in pencil lower right and numbered 75 lower left. Reference: Duffy 155, from the stated edition of 75. In very good condition, with full margins, 13 3/8 x 10 3/8, the sheet 18 3/8 x 13 7/8 inches. A fine impression, printed on cream wove paper. Cook’s lithographs were made in collaboration with famed printer George Miller. Nearly half of Cook’s entire print output was done in the period from 1928-1931, including most of his iconic images of New York.
Howard Cook (1901-1980), Engine Room, lithograph, 1930, signed, dated and inscribed 75 in pencil. Reference: Duffy 128, only state, from the intended edition of 75 of which only 35 were printed. In very good condition, with wide margins, 10 1/8 x 12 1/4, the sheet 13 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches. A fine fresh impression, printed in black ink on ivory/white wove paper. From the Duffy catalog raisonné: “The engine room of the S.S. Exhibitor, a freighter on which the Cooks sailed to Africa and Europe in 1929.” The engine room is the propulsion machinery spaces of the vessel. […]
Howard Cook (1901-1980), The Station, etching, 1928, signed in pencil lower right and inscribed imp. Reference: Duffy 99, edition of 30 (intended edition of 50). In very good condition, printed on a tissue thin Japan paper, with margins, 7 x 9, the sheet 7 7/8 x 10 inches, archival matting. A very fine impression, with exquisite detailing, printed by Cook personally. By his late 20’s Cook had already mastered both the technique of wood engraving and etching. Here, he demonstrates an astonishing facility with etching, creating snow, smoke, shadows and shades of light with the tiniest etching lines imaginable. The Station has […]