1933 Etching Created 'On the Spot' at the Present Day Club of Princeton New Jersey - Inscribed with Explanatory Message and Signed By John Taylor Arms
(John Taylor Arms)

Princeton, New Jersey: Artist Published, 1933. F A very good impression of a European village scene, inscribed and signed in the margin below in pencil by the artist in a neat hand, "Sketch "Saint Martin de la Place" With the compliments of the artist. Proof from demonstration plate drawn, etched, and printed in 2 hours before The Present Day Club of Princeton, N.J., March 1, 1933 John Taylor Arms"; approx. 5" x 7" size with margins 9" x 11 1/8"; little bit of old matte-burn around margin of artwork; light wear; tipped-on top edge to foamcore, with (loose) matte; in very good condition; especially for the written evidence explaining the artwork-in-process immediacy of the work. John Taylor Arms (1887 - 1953) American architectural etcher, "...almost entirely self-taught...(and) one of the leading etchers of his day…an eloquent and indefatigable evangelist for his art. He developed an extraordinary form of lecture-demonstration, in which he delivered a stentorian discourse on the history, methods, and aesthetics of etching, all the while drawing ambidextrously, demonstrating every stage of the etching process from sketch to pulled proof. Between 1920 and 1953 Arms gave some 150 such performances to groups at colleges, libraries, museums, art associations, and business and industrial exhibitions..." - as evidenced in the piece offered here. (Christopher Caines in the ANB) Very Good Paperback (Item ID: 21621)


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