Lithograph on paper by American artist STOW WENGENROTH (1905-1978), with blind stamp at lower left, pencil signed at lower right by the artist, bearing "Ed. 65" at lower left, and titled below near the bottom edge of the sheet "SEA GULLS". This is a typical work of Wengenroth, who is today best known for his fine lithography work consisting mostly of scenes of the Northeast coast from Long Island to Maine, and a few images of New York City which are especially sought after. The artist studied with John Carlson and George Bridgman, and attended the Art Students League in New York and the Grand Central School of Art. Exhibitions at the Salmagundi Club, National Academy and elsewhere followed. The artist did work in drawings as well but it is really for his skill in lithography that he is most appreciated and remembered. Wengenroth's works were usually issued in small editions. Over the years a number of them have been damaged or abused when out of the frame, in my experience. This example is unframed and without glass, but it has survived in collectable condition. There is some mat browning at the edges in the margin, and most notably there are two circular areas about 1/2" diameter, just below where the mat begins and completely in the margin area, where old adhesive on the mat has caused two disturbed areas in the paper of the margin. See photos of that. Otherwise the work is sharp and in excellent condition. Proper matting will hide the mat browning and the disturbed margin areas. Considering the total edition was only 65, one has to wonder how soon one will encounter another example of this particular image. See the net for much more on the artist. SEE HUNDREDS OF PRINTS, PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS IN MY SHOP.
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