A fine etching, titled at lower left margin "The Intruder", signed in pencil at lower right margin by the noted English-born dog artist MARGUERITE KIRMSE (1885-1954). The black Scottish Terrier has discovered several fox terrier pups and is intently staring them down. Kirmse was born in Bournemouth, England, showing early talent in music and drawing animals. She stayed in the United States after what was to have been a brief vacation. As she visited the London Zoo, so she visited the Bronx Zoo in her new surroundings. Drawings dated as early as 1917 are known to be in the collection of the American Kennel Club. Her first drypoint etching was created in 1921. In the course of her career she created at least 82 titled etchings, which were never numbered for edition size. She also made many illustration drawings, publishing "Dogs" in 1930, and "Dogs in the Field" in 1935. Kirmse and her husband raised Scottish Terriers in Connecticut and sporting dogs in the Carolinas. Today she is regarded as one of the most talented dog artists. This print has been sealed for a long time. On the backing is a circular label of the Noonan-Kocian Co. of Saint Louis, Missouri. The gallery, founded in 1893, by 1930 was arguably the most prestigious art gallery in the Midwest, hosting first-level exhibitions of French impressionist art, the occasional Rembrandt, and the Taos masters. There is some light foxing and even age toning of the paper.
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