Etching on paper, 5 1/2" by 3" inside the innermost mat, (12" by 9" in green and gold mats, as ready for framing--presently unframed), the title of the print "La Rue du Change, Tours", pencil signed at lower right margin by the artist and dated there 1924. Tours is an historical old city of about 135,000 south and west of Paris, considered a gateway to the Loire Valley chateau region. This is a fine impression of the particular print, of which 156 were made. The artist is the important American printmaker JOHN TAYLOR ARMS JR. (1887-1953). Arms was one of the best known and most highly respected American printmakers of the first half of the twentieth century. Born in Washington D.C., he studied architecture at Princeton and MIT and decided to become an architect, but by his early thirties decided that his former hobby of etching should become his profession. Due to his eye honed by architecture study, he proved to be especially talented at depicting Gothic architecture, which he so highly admired, thinking it one of mankind's greatest achievements. Largely self taught, Arms created over 400 prints, and in later life he wrote books about European travel, and about printmaking. The Cleveland Museum fairly recently found itself the recipient of a large amount of Arms' work, directly from the estate, and it is now considered to have one of the largest collections of Arms prints. This print is in good condition, taped to backing at top and bottom edges and with light diffuse brownish foxing. The actual entire sheet is difficult to measure without totally disassembling the attractive mat.
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