Break in the Thunderstorm

Martin Lewis (1881-1962, Break in the Thunderstorm, drypoint, 1930, signed and titled in pencil (also signed in the plate in a rectangle lower left). Reference: McCarron 86, second state (of 2), recorded impressions 66 including 16 trial proofs, with full margins, 12 3/8 x 9 7/8, the sheet 16 x 13 1/4 inches. Printed in black ink on laid paper.

A fine impression, in very good condition.

McCarron notes: The location depicted is the corner of Thirty-fourth street and Park Avenue, near Lewis’s studio. On the impression now owned by the New York Public Library, Lewis noted: “imp-rag wiped-figures and light buildings hand wiped.” (Lewis’s note indicates that he personally printed each impression.)

The state difference is minimal: in the second state Lewis added the dark diagonal shadow on the architectural facades in the foreground.