Martin Lewis (1881-1962), Little Penthouse, drypoint, 1931, signed in pencil lower right [signed in the plate in a rectangle lower left]. Reference: McCarron 91, only state. Printed for inclusion in the Deluxe Edition of American Etchers Volume XI (Martin Lewis) by the Crafton Collection, NY, and distributed by P&D Colnaghi in London in 1931. The total number of recorded impressions is 84. In fine condition, with full margins, 9 7/8 x 6 13/16 inches, the sheet 11 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches. A fine glowing impression, printed on a cream laid paper. Martin Lewis was born in Victoria Australia, and in […]
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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 […]
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 (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 […]