Migrating Geese is an etching done by Frank W. Benson ca. 1916. It is signed in the lower left corner and numbered four (4) in the lower right corner. This is from the first state (of three), which produced 17 proofs on Shogun Paper; in total 67 proofs were done. The plate size is 9 ¾" X 7 7/8".
Widely known for his landscapes and portraits of prominent New Englanders, Frank W. Benson (1862-1951) a native of Salem, Mass., was also a passionate naturalist with an intense interest in waterfowl and hunting. In the Impressionist tradition, Benson often painted outdoors, experimenting with light and color in his paintings of landscapes and people engaged in everyday events. After earning a comfortable living as one of America's most sought-after portrait artists, Benson made a mid-career change to pursue his love of wildlife. Between 1915 and 1940, Benson created hundreds of paintings and etchings depicting outdoor life in Cape Cod, Canada and New England, which included scenes with hunters, fisherman and especially game birds.
Regarding the condition, this piece looks to be in good condition; there are no rips or tears or marks. It was framed many years ago, 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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