This is a work by highly regarded American artist THOMAS WILLOUGHBY NASON (1889-1971), titled in pencil "Rockport" at lower left and signed at lower right "TWNason (M.W.N.)". This would appear to be a posthumous signature by a relative after the artist's death. This example measures 4 1/4" by 6 1/4" inside the mat and 11 1/4" by 13 1/4" framed. The print appears to be in generally good condition with some scattered foxing, especially in the margin area. The burl wood framing is simple and attractive. 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. See the net for much more on this important printmaker. SEE HUNDREDS OF PRINTS AND PAINTINGS IN MY SHOP including two other works by Nason.
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