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JOSEPH PENNELL (1857-1926) original 1896 published illustration drawing of the Alhambra by famous American printmaker and illustrator
Original rare ink drawing by the important American etcher, illustrator, critic, author and teacher JOSEPH PENNELL (1857-1926), online research revealing that this exact drawing was published in an 1896 Century Magazine article on the Alhambra in Spain. The ink drawing, on paper laid on board, measures 16 1/2" by 12" (22" by 18" in the framing). At lower left corner is faintly written "Court of the Myrtles/Alhambra" and at bottom "page A The Court of Myrtles - Alhambra"; and on reverse is and old label of The Century Co., New York, giving the title and artist (along with technical measurements, reference number and copyright warning, stamped). The last image provided here shows the page as it appeared in the original magazine article. Pennell needs little introduction, as he was one of America's most prolific graphic artists, having produced many, many etchings and lithographs, not to mention watercolors, oils and drawings. Born in Pennsylvania, he was studying in Europe by the 1880's, where he was influenced by Whistler. Pennell was made a National Academician in 1909. Today his etchings and drawings of New York can bring thousands of dollars at auction. The drawing was found in upstate Connecticut. Obviously it will need to be remounted with new acid-free materials. The frame is nothing special but is included upon request.
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