Rare etching by George Walter Chandler (1866 - c 1928), signed and dated 1907 in the plate and signed, titled and numbered 14/15 in pencil in the lower margin. This print is in excellent condition and is from his French series. Chandler's career as a printmaker began in approximately 1907 and this would have been one of his earliest prints. Sight area measures 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" and paper measures 8" x 10 1/4".
The following is an excerpt from the "Illustrated Catalogue of Etchings by American Artists" by H.H. Tolerton published in 1913: Mr. Chandler is a young American artist who, although he has been etching no more than five years, has already won for himself an enviable position among modern etchers by the substantial merit of his prints. The artist, a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, began his artistic career by entering the field of journalistic illustration in New York City during his early manhood. However, satisfying himself that his ambitions as an artist would never be fully realized as an illustrator only, he began traveling extensively, finally settling in Paris, where he became affiliated with the Julian Academy. In 1908 he was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Salon, and the same year a collection of his prints was taken by the City of Paris to be placed in the Petit Palais. Mr. Chandler, besides being an excellent draughtsman, understands thoroughly the technic of etching, the careful biting of the plate, the laborious and painstaking toil of printing the finished proof. During the last few years the artist has devoted himself more enthusiastically than ever to etching, as the decided strength and charm of his new plates abundantly prove. Among the thirty-seven prints we catalogue, all of which have the stamp of the artist's personality expressed in a medium which seems especially adapted to the rendering of his ideas, we would single out as particularly worthy of mention, "The Minarets" and "The Burning Ghats — Benares," two plates which un doubtedly owe a large part of their charm to the suggestion of the mystery and mysticism of the Far East. Then there are bits of Old Rouen, such as the delightful "Portail de St. Maclou," and many plates inspired by the pictur- esqueness of the streets of the old town; also a variety of brilliant and harmonious plates of Paris, notably "Le Pont Neuf," "Le Dejeuner" and "Aux Bords de la Seine." Among his Italian Series, his plates of the Ponte Vecchio, Florence, are among the most successful and popular. Although Mr. Chandler, as one may readily observe, has traveled for the most part in well-worn paths, it is not a twice told tale that he offers us, but a story and a picture that are quite his very own. With fresh vision he has confidently approached the tradition al subjects, and the result has more than justified his choice.
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