Etching on paper, 11 3/4" by 13 1/2" as simply framed, the scene silhouetted ships in the harbor, the rising sun and new day ahead suggested by etched lines in the sky, pencil titled at margin "Dawn Portland Harbor" and signed at lower right and dated there 1915. The artist, Massachusetts-born PHILIP LITTLE (1857-1942) was a highly regarded impressionist American painter and etcher, an artist who had a truly American vision as he was not educated in Europe. After considering entering his father's business, and attending MIT, he turned, after a serious illness, towards the arts, working for a lithography company and studying at the Lowell School of Design and, then, at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he was a fellow student of Frank Benson. The two shared a studio later in Salem, Massachusetts, and, then, neighbors and friends. Little was a civic leader and public servant for many years in Salem, a city to whom he donated major works. He also served for a time as curator of art at the Essex Institute. Becoming wealthy, he was able to paint in his spare time and enjoy summers on an island of coastal Maine. Many paintings of that area are known, but he also painted the North Shore of Massachusetts, near Boston. Landscape, marines, figures, urban subject matter--all was addressed by this artist. Little's paintings were exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Corcoran, National Academy, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Today his works appear in numerous institutional collections around the nation. The Minnesota Institute of Arts includes this particular etching in its collection. The print has not been examined out of the frame but it appears to be in very fine condition. I note a watermark at lower left, and "16-2" is written nearby. I am thinking that this is the second impression of an edition of 16. Little signed his name in pencil at lower right and dated this 1915, when he would have been 58 years old. See the net for many images of his beautiful impressionist paintings. .
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