Current Inventory by Martin Lewis

Spring Night, Greenwich Village

Artist: Martin Lewis

Spring Night, Greenwich Village––1930, Drypoint and Sand Ground. McCarron 85, only state. Edition 92. Signed in pencil. Signed in the plate, lower right. Titled in pencil on the bottom left sheet edge. Image size 9 7/8 x 12 3/8 inches (248 x 315 mm); sheet size 13 3/8 x 15 7/8 inches (340 x 403 mm). An exceptionally fine, richly inked, atmospheric impression, in warm black ink, on cream laid paper; the full sheet with wide margins (1 3/4 to 1 7/8 inches), in excellent condition. Ex-collection Patricia Lewis, the artists daughter-in-law, with her collection stamp in the bottom right […]

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Little Penthouse

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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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Rainy Day, Queens

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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 […]

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Shadows, Garage at Night

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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.  

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Shadow Magic

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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 […]

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Tree, Manhattan

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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 […]

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Chance Meeting

Artist: Martin Lewis
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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 […]

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