Girl Running – 1st State


Arthur B. Davies (1862-1928), Girl Running (or Woman Running), drypoint, 1917, signed in pencil (twice) lower leftand dated lower right. Reference: Czestochowski 44, Price 126, first state (of 2). In very good condition, on a light cream laid paper, with margins, 4 3/8 x 3 7/16, the sheet 6 1/2 x 5 1/8 inches.

Provenance: ex Collection Elizabeth Luther Carey (pencil verso). Ms. Carey was an American art and literary critic, well-known in the early 20th century for her works on Tennyson, Browning and Emerson, and the artists Whistler, Daumier and Blake.

A fine impression, with much burr from the drypoint work, and selective plate tone, a bit darker under the lines which suggest a road or path near the bottom of the composition; also many lines have extended shading probably through the use of retroussage (pulling ink out of the etched or drypoint lines with a cloth or feather). Czestochowski notes that Davies experimented with different inkings on Girl Running in its first state, and we show another impression below in the same state (also in our collection) with a very different look because of the inking.


A comparison impression, with darker overall plate tone.