Martin Lewis (1880-1962).
"Little Penthouse." Drypoint, 1931. Signed in pencil. Edition 75, recorded impressions 84. Image size 9 7/8 x 6 3/4" (25 x 17.3 cm).
This print was commissioned for inclusion in the deluxe edition of "American Etchers, Vol. XI: Martin Lewis," published in an edition of 75 by the Crafton Collection in New York and distributed by P. & D. Colnaghi in London. The edition of 75 was delivered to the Crafton collection in 1931. There were 9 proofs, several prior to steel facing and several after. There are no recorded sales at Kennedy Galleries during the artist's lifetime, as the edition was given to another publisher.
The Prints of Martin Lewis. A Catalogue Raisonne. Paul McCarron #91.
Martin Lewis is considered one of the greatest American printmakers of the first half of the twentieth century. He used his superb sense of composition and his technical skill as a master printmaker to create images of New York City and rural Connecticut that are as captivating today as they were in the late 1920’s when he was first recognized as an important artist. He was one of the first printmakers to sell out an edition of a print during an exhibition, and many of his etchings and drypoints sold out in a few months. Martin Lewis spent most of his life living in New York City after arriving from Australia. However, he did travel to Europe and lived briefly in Japan and rural Connecticut.
Very good condition, no tears or scrapes. A beautiful rich impression.