Fine etching, of desirable subject matter, titled at lower left margin "Marble Game", signed at lower right margin and numbered there 15/40 by the noted American artist WILLIAM WOLFSON (1894-1966). This is a wonderful image of boys playing their very basic game in the middle of a gritty urban street, by an artist who is generally grouped with the Ashcan School of social realism of the early part of the 20th century. Wolfson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied at the Carnegie Institute. Further study ensued, at the National Academy and Art Students League in New York, under the likes of Robert Henri and Frank Vincent DuMond. At some point Wolfson moved to Los Angeles, where he taught at Otis Art Institute. Today he is known for his genre paintings and graphic work in etching and lithography; he also executed murals. The artist did a lot of work for Reader's Digest in the 1940's. This print is very clean, (although not examined out of frame) and bears a circa 1950's or early 1960's pre-zip code framer's label on reverse. The strip frame is basic and simple, with wear evident. Measurements are 7 1/2" by 10 1/4" inside the mat opening and 16 1/2" by 17" framed.
WILLIAM WOLFSON (1894-1966) pencil signed limited edition 1927 etching "Marble Game" by Ashcan School artist