A fine circa 1940 etching, titled at lower left margin "Bon Voyage", signed in pencil at lower right margin by the noted English-born dog artist MARGUERITE KIRMSE (1885-1954). The pair of pampered terriers are on deck of sea-going ship, and they have discovered some interesting things to the right out of the image area. 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 had been sealed for a long time; I opened the backing so as to inspect it. On the backing ae labels of the F. H. Bresler Co. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The gallery was one of the most prestigious art galleries in the Midwest. CONDITION: Needs professional attention. There is heavy foxing and age toning of the paper. A heavy tape was used all around the margins to affix this to a board, as shown. It is not clear whether the print be totally laid down or whether it be affixed only at the edges. I delicately tried to pull the tape away but as it was difficult to proceed I stopped just after revealing the title at lower left. A very simple wood strip frame is available with the print.
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