Original, very scarce (edition of 30?) unframed 1909 etching known as "Pittsburgh, no. II", signed at lower right center in pencil by the important American etcher, illustrator, critic, author and teacher JOSEPH PENNELL (1857-1926). Evidently, Pennell himself printed this particular example as "imp" is written after his name. The sheet, heavily trimmed at three sides as seen, measures 9" by 12". 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 the year this was printed, in 1909. Today his etchings and drawings of New York can bring into the thousands of dollars at auction, but his etchings of other American cities are very collectable and desirable. 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.
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