Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling (1876-1972) The First Duck Stamp Design signed "J.N. Darling" lower right etching, 6 by 8 3/4 in. inscribed "To good ol' CK with assurance of my high esteem Jay Ding Darling" lower right
Together with a framed and autographed photograph of Ding Darling inscribed to C.K. Davis.
William R. Davis, son of Charles K. Davis, wrote, “As you know 'Ding' Darling was a good friend of my father. He drew the first duck stamp and issued three hundred copies of the first duck stamp design. The etchings were around six inches by nine inches.
'Ding' gave my father Charles K. Davis the first etching of the duck stamp design and wrote a short note to my father which he signed just below the etching. You will note just above the words, 'the first duck design' is a small number 1 indicating the first etching.”
In 1939, Congress passed the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act, commonly known as the Duck Stamp Act. The act was signed into law for the sole purpose of generating income for what is currently called the National Wildlife Refuge System. In its infancy, the competition attracted several top tier sporting artists, including renowned illustrator and conservationist Jay "Ding" Darling, Frank W. Benson (1862-1951), and Richard E. Bishop (1887-1975).
Provenance: C. K. Davis Collection Private Collection, by descent Literature: “Charles Krum Davis, 79, Dead; Chairman of Remington Arms.” The New York Times, January 10, 1968
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