John Taylor Arms (1887-1953)
The Gates of the City
Etching and Aquatint printed in Color, 1922, F.126, Ed.75 in color, 25 in black & white, plus 7 trial proofs in various states, 8" x 7-15/16", signed & titled in pencil. The print has recently been professionally conserved to remove a small stain at the lower left margin edge and small discreet handling crease, which are both now undetectable. A beautiful impression, in fine condition, with fulls margins, of Arms iconic masterpiece.
or Brooklyn Bridge
Etching, 1921, F. 95, Ed.75, plus 10 trial proofs, 9-3/4" x 7-1/2", on thin cream laid paper, signed, dated 1920 and numbered in pencil. There are two expertly repaired tears to upper left margin and right margin center, well away from subject, a small loss to top margin edge at right,There is a slight mat line. Fletcher dates this print as 1921. Despite the two marginal tears a fine impression of this desirable New York subject, which shows Arms debt to Whistler in the shadowy figure entering at lower left, looking as if they had walked straight out of one of Whistler's prints and into Arms's.
F. 305, Demo series 69, 1937, 1st. state ed. 25, there was also a 2nd. state ed. of 8, 6-15/16 x 4-15/16, signed and extensively inscribed in pencil by Arms, dedicated to George Nelson, this imp. on cream laid paper. An etched note in the lower left corner of the plate states that it was completed in 2-1/2 hours.
Etching, F. 314, Demo series 75, 1938, Ed. 25, plus 1 proof, 6-7/8 x 4-15/16, signed and extensively inscribed in pencil by Arms, dedicated to John Reynolds, this imp. on cream laid paper. A typed and signed note discussing the gift of this impression from Gustave Von Groschwitz, Curator of Prints at Weslyan University, in Middletown, CT , where this demonstration plate was executed by Arms on Oct. 25th, 1938, is included with this impression of the print.
Etching, F. 399, Demo series 137, 1946, 6 x 4, ed. 72, signed and extensively inscribed in pencil by Arms, and with his circular ink stamp bottom. center margin, this imp. on warm white wove paper.
Etching, 1947, F. 409, Miniature Series 39, French Church series 48, 2nd. state, total ed. 234, 3 x 2-7/16, signed and dated in pencil by Arms, on cream laid paper.
On The River
Etching, 1916, F. 2, Ed.75, plus 2 in color, 3-3/4" x 4-3/4", on thin cream laid paper, with the small blue Margery Arms stamp in lower left margin, signed, titled & dated in pencil.