This original etching, "Fishermen Three," depicts three children fishing off the edge of a rock. The etching is pencil signed and titled by John Edward Costigan (American, 1888-1972). The etching measures 9" x 12" and is framed with a cream linen mat, gold fillet and thin gold frame. Framed size is 19" x 22". Both frame and etching are in good condition.
While it appears that there are a number of limited edition lithographs produced in 1939 of the same subject on the market by Costigan, this is indeed an pencil signed original etching. Costigan was a native of Providence, Rhode Island and was known for his landscape and figural works. Mainly self-taught, Costigan studied briefly at the Art Students League and worked as a lithographer of theater posters. From that job he learned the printing processes that he later used in his many etchings. He began making his name in the fine arts in 1920, and in 1968, a retrospective of his work was exhibited at the Smithsonian Institute. Costigan was a member of the American Watercolor Society, the Salmagundi Club and the National Academy of Design, among others. Costigan exhibited his works venues such as the National Academy of Design, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Salmagundi Club and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Item ID: RL-WBG-140
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