One of an edition of only 50, a scarce to rare lithograph of the year 1912, "The Jungle", signed and titled at lower right margin in pencil by the important American etcher, illustrator, critic, author and teacher JOSEPH PENNELL (1857-1926). The print measures 20" by 23" and the frame is about an inch wide on a side. The artist 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 and was a friend of Whistler. Pennell was made a National Academician in 1909. Today his etchings and drawings of New York can bring thousands of dollars at auction. This scene is of the Panama Canal when it was under construction early in the century. That monumental project provided subject matter and inspiration for a wide variety of artists. Pennell was quoted in a New York Times September 1912 article as having said he went there because the engineering work gave him the greatest artistic inspiration of his life; he made further reference to the wonder of work, and the "picturesqueness" of labor. The print is clean save for a little browning spot in the center distance. There is no glass; and the print was laid down long ago on a thin board. Found in southern New Hampshire.
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