FOUR circa 1940 prints, two etchings, the other two aquatints, all featuring western or California landscape scenes and all pencil signed at lower right by noted California craftsman artist HAROLD LUKENS DOOLITTLE (1883-1974). Subjects include eucalyptus trees, Monterey Cypress, and distant mountains with tall spruce. The works are all on the smaller side, dimensions-wise, the smallest 4 1/8" by 3 3/8", the largest 4 5/8" by 3 5/8", but they are all framed identically in frames of the same size (10 1/4" by 8 1/2"), so I would like to keep them all together as a set. Also three of the four retain on the backing old style printed Christmas greetings from the artist and his wife, Vestina. The artist is known to have sent his prints as Christmas greetings, to friends. Born in Pasadena, he died in his nineties only a few miles distant, in Temple City, California east of Los Angeles. Doolittle was a craftsman artist, skilled with many media, but he is best known for his master printmaking. Doolittle was a member of numerous California and American artist and print making societies, including the Pasadena Society of Artists, Chicago Society of Etchers, California Print Makers, California Society of Etchers; and in the late 1940's and early 1950's he was president of the California Print Makers. Today his prints are held in museum collections including the Smithsonian in Washington. The prints are in generally good condition, with normal browning of the paper especially near the old mats. Allow for reflections in some images.
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