Arc Welders

Lewis-ArcWeldersBigMartin Lewis, “Arc Welders”
1937, Drypoint and sand ground.

McCarron 124. Recorded impressions: 33 (including 5 trial proofs). Signed in pencil. With the stamp Lucile Deming Lewis Collection in the bottom left corner, verso.

Image size 10 x 7 15/16 inches (254 x 202 mm); sheet size 14 3/8 x 10 5/8 inches (365 x 270 mm).

A superb, rich impression of this rarely encountered print (due to the small number of impressions printed), on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 3/8 to 2 3/8 inches); original hinge remains on the left sheet edge, recto, well away from the image, in excellent condition.

McCarron points out that Lewis’s “use of the almost cubist device of overlapping, transparent planes of light, produced by the arc welder’s torch, is unique in his oeuvre.”

Collections: BPL, CU, DIA, FU, YU.