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THOMAS R. MANLEY (1853-1938) pencil signed etching "Cincinnati" by listed New Jersey impressionist artist
An interesting acquisition for the collector of Ohio material: a pencil signed etching of a panoramic view of Cincinnati, Ohio, including the famous bridge linking Kentucky and Ohio, and the steep bluffs on both sides of the river there, pencil signed at lower right by the artist, THOMAS R. MANLEY (1853-1938). The bridge was an engineering marvel in its day (same time period as the Brooklyn Bridge). Steam boats still ply the river in this charming view, and a remarque in the lower left margin is of a paddle wheel from one of those vessels. The print is evenly age browned, and I note a very small old puncture at extreme right edge, in the margin, the result of an old dig that just penetrated the backing. Manley was born in Buffalo, New York. After spending most of his youth upstate, he moved to Philadelphia and enrolled in Thomas Eakins' life class. There, he met Joseph Pennell the famous graphic artist, who inspired him further. Manley began to do etchings for publishers in New York in the days before photographs were easily transferred into newsprint media. After 1893, Manley was in Montclair, New Jersey, where he came to be known as the "Dean of Montclair Artists". Today he is largely recognized as one of New Jersey's best known artists, working in a highly impressionist style. The print measures 10 1/2" by 15 1/4" inside the mat and 18" by 23 1/4" framed. A printed slip that came with the print originally gives the title "Cincinnati" and discusses the city's history.
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