Fifth Avenue, Noon

Childe Hassam (1859-1935), Fifth Avenue, Noon, 1916, etching and drypoint. Cortissoz 77, first state (of 2). Signed with the artist’s monogram and inscribed “imp.” (meaning printed by Hassam). Also signed and dated (April 1, 1916) in the plate lower left. In good condition, with inky fingerprints (presumably Hassam’s) at the out edges of margins. As customary with Hassam, this appears to be a page taken from a book, with the right edge a bit rough, the paper a tan wove, with margins, 10 x 7 5/8, the sheet 13 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches.

A fine impression, printed with plate tone.

This first state impression was taken before the plate was cut down slightly on the left to 7 1/2 inches in the second state, leaving the unbroken contour of the wall of the Altman building. The view is of Fifth Avenue looking north from 34th Street. Fifth Avenue is filled with pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, cars, and even what appears to be a tourist bus in the foreground, with passengers on the roof.