Offered is a fine etching by noted artist Gerald Kenneth Geerlings (1897-1998). "Where the West Begins" platemark is 7 5/8" x 9 1/8" and is printed on cream wove paper measuring 10 1/4" x 11 3/4". Print is offered in an archival matt measuring 16" x 20". Pencil signed, dated, and annotated in the lower margin. Annotation reads "2nd of 2; 4th trial state June 3, 1932".
Geerlings was born April 2, 1897 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was public schooled there. He died in 1998 in Connecticut. He wrote numerous books, and had different types of drawing methods. He drew mostly architectural pieces of buildings, and scenes from New York City. He spent four years in Paris drawing different scenes of the rivers and parks and was in Paris because he was in the service during World War I. Geerlings designed wrought iron on many of the Manhattan buildings, in a project to improve New York City's sky line.
Geerlings etchings are highly collectible with his auction record for a print titled "Jewelled City, Chicago" bringing $24,000 in a 2008 print auction. "Where the West Begins" is a fine example of Geerlings' architectural inspirations. This print features the famous Chicago landmark building the Lyric Opera of Chicago on the right and Riverside Plaza on the left with the Merchandise Mart in the background.