Pause by a Window (or Waiting for the Bus) – Two States


Kenneth Hayes Miller (1876-1952), Pause by a Window (or Waiting for the Bus), etching, 1930. Associated American Artists checklist 101. Two impressions, one of the first state, one of the second. The first is stamp/estate signed, the second pencil signed by the artist and numbered 27. In very good condition, both with wide margins, the state 1 proof with drying holes all around, on a white/cream wove paper,9 x 4 7/8, the sheet 13 x 7; state 2 on a cream/ivory wove paper, 9 x 4 7/8, the sheet 13 3/8 x 9 inches.

Fine impressions of each state, the second state printed with a light veil of plate tone.

The composition is essentially the same in each state, with one major exception: in state 2 Miller has burnished an area on the boy’s right hand and added a ball (or an apple?)!

Kenneth Hayes Miller is known both as a teacher and inveterate etcher. Working in the area of 14th Street, he observed the crowds on the sidewalks, and shoppers at Kleins (on-the-Square) and Hearns. A student of great printmakers such as Durer, Callot, Meryon, Rembrandt, he taught a generation of great American printmakers including of course Isabel Bishop and Reginald Marsh.


Detail - State 1


Detail - State 2