Nurse and Child (or Virgin and Child) – definitive state


Kenneth Hayes Miller (1876-1952), Nurse and Child (or Virgin and Child), etching, c.1928, signed in pencil lower right and numbered 25 lower left.   Reference: Associated American Artists 25, from the edition of about 25, probably the second state (of 2).  Printed on a strong wove paper, watermark FRANCE. In good condition apart from moderate light stain, with margins, 6 7/8 x 5, the sheet 10 1/2 x 7 7/8 inches.

A very good impression, with the lines added to the pillow at the left, and cross hatching added to the woman’s dress at the right.

Hayes Miller studied at the Art Students League and the New York School of Art, teaching at the latter for 12 years and the former for 38 years. His students at the League included Isabel Bishop, Edward Hopper, Reginald Marsh, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. He loved printmaking, and studied and emulated the old masters including Durer and Rembrandt, Callot and Meryon. He exhibited at the famous Armory Show in 1913, and his paintings and prints were shown widely throughout his life; his work is represented at the Whitney, MOMA, Brooklyn and Met in New York, and other museums throughout the US.