Etching in greenish black ink, 11 1/2" by 8 1/2" (19" by 14 3/4" framed), pencil signed at lower right and titled at lower left in the margin "Rain on the Square", by the well listed American artist ELIAS MANDEL GROSSMAN (1898-1847). Grossman was born in Russia near the turn of the century and spent most of his life in New York, creating cityscapes and urban scenes, but also figural works, and genre. A student at the Art Students League and Cooper Union, he went on to become a member of the Salons of America and Society of American Etchers. Eventually he was represented by the prestigious Grand Central Art Galleries, and exhibited at the National Academy and the National Arts Club. This heavily inked impression shows the landmark arch in Washington Square on a dark and rainy day, the arch casting a reflection on the wet streets. A brave soul at left braves the elements, carrying an umbrella. This fine print just came from the estate of the famous actor Glenn Ford and dancer Eleanor Powell, in Beverly Hills, California. I've not examined it out of the frame but it appears to be very clean and unfoxed, the print bright and fresh, with just a small hairline scratch present through the word "Rain" in the title. Photos taken at sharp angle to reduce reflection. .
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