Etching on paper, 5 1/4" by 6 3/4" (10 1/4" by 14 3/8" as framed), the subject the old downtown of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, England, including a church and medieval buildings, by the important American printmaker JOHN TAYLOR ARMS JR. (1887-1953). Arms was one of the best known and most highly respected American printmakers of the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Washington D.C., he studied architecture at Princeton and MIT and decided to become an architect, but by his early thirties decided that his former hobby of etching should become his profession. Due to his eye honed by architecture study, he proved to be especially talented at depicting Gothic architecture, which he so highly admired, thinking it one of mankind's greatest achievements. Largely self taught, Arms created over 400 prints, and in later life he wrote books about European travel, and about printmaking. The Cleveland Museum fairly recently found itself the recipient of a large amount of Arms' work, directly from the estate, and it is now considered to have one of the largest collections of Arms prints. Written in his typical fine handwriting, with ultra sharp pencil, is "Sketch Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire--Proof from demonstration plate, drawn, etched, and printed in two hours at the Plainfield Art Association, Plainfield, New Jersey, March 14, 1939. // To Betsy Wordsworth, with my compliments. // John Taylor Arms 1939." CONDITION: There is some foxing/rusty brown type spotting in the image in a few places; see photos or ask for more. Allow for reflections in the glass. I have not opened this up but would be happy to do so to look inside for any prospective purchaser. .
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