The Old Mulford Farm (East Hampton)

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Childe Hassam (1859-1935)

The Old Mulford Farm (East Hampton)– 1929, Etching.

Cortissoz 319. Edition not stated. Signed with the artist’s monogram in pencil. Signed, dated, and annotated Easthampton in the plate, lower right.

Image size 8 15/16 x 12 inches (227 x 305 mm); sheet size 12 x 15 inches (305 x 381 mm).

A fine, crisp impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 inches all around), the artist’s drying tack holes at the sheet edges all around, in excellent condition. Printed by the artist (the imp stands for impressit, indicating that Hassam printed this personally). A scarce East Hampton image. 

Hassam’s plates of Easthampton constitute a high point of American Impressionist printmaking; Paula Eliasoph noted that Hassam “deserves to be honored as Easthampton’s greatest poet, whose poems were sung on copper plate – with the rare command of colorful lines of light and shade for his words.”

Reproduced: Impressionist Prints of Childe Hassam, edited by Joseph S. Czestochowski, Dover, 2003.

Collection: Yale University Art Gallery.