This is a landscape work by highly regarded American artist THOMAS WILLOUGHBY NASON (1889-1971). The print is signed in pencil at lower right and dated there 1937, when the artist was 48 years old, at mid-career. Nason was a Boston-born artist who by the late 1920's had taught himself the fine art of creating prints in the wood engraving process. This process was popular for illustrating books in the 19th century but by the twentieth it had fallen from favor. He revived the medium and truly excelled at it. By the early 1930's he had been exhibited at Boston's prestigious landmark Goodspeeds book store. His reputation among print collectors continued to grow over time. Eventually he was exhibiting at the Philadelphia Print Club, the National Academy of Design, Art Institute of Chicago, and the Society of American Etchers. The Florence Griswold Museum in Connecticut is the largest repository of his work, and in 2009 a major exhibition of that work was held there. Nason is known today for his romanticized images of rural classic New England. Indeed, he collaborated with his friend Robert Frost on a number of illustration projects. This example measures 7 1/2" by 10 1/4" inside the mat, and 15" by 19 3/4" as framed. I have not opened this up to examine it out of the frame but would be happy to do so upon request. The print appears to be in very good, fresh condition, with just light age related paper oxidation. **Allow for a lot of reflections in the images, and I just saw that a tiny piece of brown backing paper managed to squeeze under the glass in center in a few of the images---this is not on the print itself.** See the net for much more on this important printmaker. SEE HUNDREDS OF PRINTS AND PAINTINGS IN MY SHOP
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