Original scarce 1915 etching known variously as "Sunset Williamsburg Bridge", or, "New York, From the Williamsburg Bridge", signed at lower right margin in pencil by the important American etcher, illustrator, critic, author and teacher JOSEPH PENNELL (1857-1926). The sheet, unframed, measures 11 1/2" by 16 5/8". After the signature, the "imp." indicates that Pennell would have printed this himself. 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 into the thousands of dollars at auction. This example came from the Los Angeles estate of artist Kenneth Kendall (1921-2006), himself a noted figure. A website, kennethkendallart describes his life and work; Kendall was a connoisseur of Old Master art. The red oval-shaped stamp at lower right is his collector stamp. "SUNSET FROM WILLIAMSBURG BRIDGE" is written on reverse in pencil. The print is generally clean. There are a few light handling creases and light browning inside where a previous mat had been. Edge especially at bottom is irregular, as seen in the photos.
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