Etching on paper of the New York City elevated train line known popularly as "The L", as in "elevated line", and so titled ("The L - 23rd St. N.Y.") in a separate window in the mat, the primary image area 12 3/4" by 9 1/2", 21 1/2" by 17 1/4" as framed, signed at lower right in pencil, bearing the inscription "For Mr. Paul G. Sprunk from H. Van Notti--1923", and numbered "6" at lower left margin. The scene depicted is familiar urban scenery to any New Yorker or New York visitor. HENRY VAN NOTTI (1876-1962) was born in Lugano, Switzerland. After studying art at the academy of Fine Arts in Torino, Italy and in Milano, he landed in the United States in 1903. Weehawken, New Jersey, across the Hudson from Manhattan, was his home for the rest of his life. Van Notti's impressionist paintings of the New York skyline, seen from the New Jersey side, are highly sought after. He also created murals, and, as we see here, worked in the graphic arts. His etchings, likely dating to the teens and 1920's, seem to be rather scarce, as there are few appearances at auction, but that does not diminish their quality. Obviously Van Notti knew his subject matter, and this scene is pure New York. The print has some foxing generally in the lower margin portion, and a small paper dig near the "6" in the lower left margin. I have removed the backing card to examine this and note that it is not laid down, although it is taped with now old yellowed masking tape around the edges, and the "The L" window is physically now separate from the rest of the print, if it was ever together (or that title could have just been written on a separate card/paper originally, hard to tell). See the net for more images of Van Notti's paintings. .
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