Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Rainy Day, Queens, drypoint, 1931, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower right]. Reference: McCarron 94, only state, from the edition of about 70. In very good condition, 10 5/8 x 11 7/8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 15 7/8 inches. Provenance: Estate of Edward G Kennedy (?) (with stamped initials EGK verso, cf. Lugt 857) A fine rich impression of this iconic image, printed in black ink on an ivory laid paper. Lewis described this location as “Skillman Ave. Queens”; it is probably at the intersection of Skillman Avenue and 49th […]
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Martin Lewis (1881-1962, Shadows, Garage at Night, drypoint, 1928, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower right]. Reference: McCarron 69, only state, from the total printing of 49. In excellent condition, the full sheet, 9 7/8 x 11 7/8, the sheet 12 3/4 x 15 inches. A very fine impression, printed in black ink on a cream wove paper. A “noir” rural scene, presumably from the Danbury, Connecticut area, with the focus on cars, and shadows.
Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Shadow Magic, 1939, drypoint, signed in pencil lower right. Reference: McCarron 126, only state, 34 impressions recorded. In excellent condition, 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches. An extraordinarily fine example of this rare drypoint, printed in black on a cream wove paper. In a preparatory drawing in the Lucile Lewis (his wife) inventory Lewis quoted the first line of the Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950) sonnet “Euclide alone has looked on beauty bare.” Here is that sonnet: Euclide alone has looked on beauty bare. Let all who prate of Beauty hold their peace, And lay them prone […]
Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Tree, Manhattan, drypoint, 1930, signed in pencil lower right [also signed in the plate lower left]. Reference: McCarron 87, only state; 91 recorded impressions including 10 trial proofs; intended edition 100. In excellent condition, with full margins, 12 5/8 x 9 3/4, the sheet 16 1/4 x 13 1/4 inches. A very fine fresh impression, printed in black ink on a cream laid paper. Tree, Manhattan is a tour de force print demonstrating Lewis’s mastery of drypoint. Hues range from the rich black of the figures in the lower left to the near-white of the fire and […]
Martin Lewis (1882-1962), Derricks at Night, drypoint, 1927. McCarron 62, second state (of 2), intended edition 100, 104 printed. Signed in pencil; also signed in the plate, lower right. In excellent condition (evidence of prior hinging upper corners, Image size 7 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches, sheet size 11 1/4 x 15 /7/8 inches. Provenance: Estate of Delores D. DiPaola; also with the Kennedy stock number verso. A superb, atmospheric impression in warm black ink, with rich burr, on cream laid paper. Illustrated in Contemporary American Etching, American Art Dealers Association, New York, 1930. Derricks at Night is one of […]
Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Chance Meeting – – 1941, Drypoint. McCarron 131. Edition 105. Signed in pencil lower right [initialled in the plate lower left], in good condition. 10 3/8 x 7 3/8 inches; sheet 14 l/2 x 9 3/4 inches A fine impression, on ivory/cream laid paper, with full/wide margins. Commissioned by the Society of American Etchers, Brooklyn. McCarron notes: “This is one of Lewis’s most complex plates, one in which he was able to harmonize many diverse elements.” The print is replete with commercial and social references – one magazine hanging in the window is called “G-Man”, the other […]