Drypoint etching, the sheet 9 3/4" by 11 3/4", titled in the lower left margin "Carmel Cypress" and signed in pencil by the artist at lower right margin. This is a work of the noted California impressionist BENJAMIN CHAMBERS BROWN (1865-1942). Brown is a familiar figure among those who appreciate the plein air movement, his important oils bringing tens of thousands of dollars at auction. Brown was born in Arkansas and was trained in art in the Midwest and Paris. Early on he was a photographer and painter of still life and portraits, but upon arrival in Pasadena in Southern California in 1896 he turned to painting landscapes of California. His first etchings date to 1914. Along with his brother Howell, he founded the California Society of Printmakers. This is a beautiful image of the beloved cypress trees of the Monterey and Carmel region. Though not laid down, it does retain along all four edges old brown paper that seems to be the remains of old matting. Otherwise the print is clean with just typically seen oxidation where the paper has been exposed to the air for a long time. See the net for much more on the artist and his contribution to the art scene in California.
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