Purse Sienners


Prescott Chaplin (1896-1968), Purse Sienners, color woodcut, signed in pencil lower right and titled lower left margins; on a heavy brown wove paper, with margins, in very good condition, 11 5/8 x 6 7/8, the sheet 14 x 9 1/4, archival mounting.

A fine impression of this splendid image; one of Chaplin’s great woodcuts. The colors appear to have been applied by hand, perhaps using the guidance of a stencil.

Prescott Chaplin was a California artist noted for his woodcuts, and especially esteemed for his work in color. His modernist aesthetic, perhaps best known through his many works on Mexican subjects, works particularly well in this harbor scene, which shows the reflections of light on the water.