Charles Martin Loeffler who was one of America's great composers and violinist (1861-1935) is an etching done by Frank W. Benson in 1919. Benson (1862-1951) was an American impressionist and painter referred to as "America's Most Medaled Painter." There was only 22 proofs of the one published state; this one being number 3, which is marked on the lower right side. The plate size is 9 ¾ x 8 inches. It was signed by Frank W. Benson on the lower left side. An interesting aspect to this etching is the crucifix, which was added after the background was shaded. The design was drawn in position on the copper and transferred to the back of the plate by means of compasses. The surface of the copper between the outlines of the design was then beaten out by hammering on the back of the plate and the old lines of shading of the background were scraped away. The outlines of the figure were then put in with the graver. Technically speaking, this seems to be quite a feat.
Regarding condition, this piece looks to be in good condition; there are no rips or tears or marks. It's a very old frame, so I am sure the backing does not meet today's standards. I have not inspected the piece outside of the frame.
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