1940s

1940 ~ Stephen Gooden “Diana”

5.5″diameter. Etching on Copper.
Edition size:unknown  Available: unavailable

Stephen Gooden (1892 – 1955) was born in England. He was educated at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Gooden served in both World Wars and later became a printmaker and illustrator. Gooden is credited with reviving the art of copper etching in England. This print was make under difficult war conditions…during its printing, the print shop was littered with broken glass from a bombing.


1941 ~ Claire Leighton “Cotton Pickers”

5.75″ x 4″ image. Wood Engraving.
Edition size: 50  Available: 0

Claire Leighton (1898 – 1989) was born in London, England. She received her training from the Brighton College of Art, the Slade School of Fine Art and the Central School of Arts and Crafts, An artist, illustrator and author, Leighton is best known for her wood engraving. Before immigrating to the US, Claire spent time traveling throughout Europe where she developed her love of landscape and rural life. Throughout her career, Leighton wrote and illustrated numerous books. Elected into the National Academy of Design. She was considered one of the finest engravers of her time.


1942 ~ Victor Hammer “Christ Driving the Money Changers out from the Temple”

6.75″ x 8.12″ image on 9.5″ x 12″ paper. White Line Engraved Dot Print. Dotted prints are a white line, relief printed type of metal engraving. They are related to and evolved from traditional gold-smithing and were popular in the Cologne region of Germany in the latter part of the 15th Century.
Edition size:unknown  Available: 53

Victor Hammer (1882 – 1967) was born in Vienna, Austria. A painter, architect, sculptor and typographer, he established a press in Florence and later conducted a small art school in Austria. In 1939, Victor came to the U.S., where he taught at Wells College, Aurora, NY. Hammer is one of the founders of the Hammer Gallery in New York City.


1943 ~ Ernest Fiene “Winter Sun”

9.75″ x 13″ image on 11.5″ x 16″ paper. Lithograph.
Edition size:unknown  Available: unavailable

Ernest Fiene (1894 – 1965) was born in Elberfeld, Germany. Fleeing his country to avoid the war, he eventually landed in the U.S. and studied at the National Academy of Design in New York City. Fiene studied printmaking and is best know for his lithographs and etchings of the New York City landscape. His works has been exhibited throughout the United States, at major museums. Fiene was a WPA muralist and taught at the Famous Artists School in Westport, Connecticut.


1944 ~ John E. Costigan “A Cool Spot”

12″ x 8″ image. Etching
Edition size:unknown  Available: unavailable

John Costigan (1888 – 1972) was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Orphaned at the age of 12, he moved to New York City and began working at a Lithographing Company. A self-taught artist and printmaker, he frequently portrayed the theme of “farm life”. In 1928, he was elected to the National Academy of Design. Costigan work can be found in collections and institutions such as the Art Institute of Chicago, the Rhode Island School of Design, the Metropolitan Museum of American Art and the Library of Congress.


1945 ~ Hans Alexan Mueller “Farm Veteran”

8.75″ x 11.75″ image on 10.5″ x 12″ paper. Woodcut.
Edition size:unknown  Available: 18

Hans Alexander Mueller (1888 – 1962) was German born and studied at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig. After teaching at the Academy for 17 years, in 1937, he emigrated to the U.S. Settling in Scarsdale, New York, Mueller taught at Columbia University and Bennington College. A painter, illustrator, designer and wood engraver, he was a major influence in European wood engraving.


1946 ~ Rockwell Kent “Adirondack Cabin”

12.5″ x 9.5″ image on 11″ x 16″ paper. Lithograph.
Edition size:unknown  Available: unavailability

Kent (1882 – 1971) was born in Tarrytown Heights, New York. He studied architecture at Columbia University. Beginning at age 15, Kent studied painting with a series of well-known painters and teachers. He became a master painter and printmaker, as well as an author and illustrator. Rockwell traveled to remote parts of the world, which provided material for his drawings and books. Kent’s books and illustrations made him world famous and his work is in many major museums and collections.


1947 ~ Allen Lewis “Design with Tree and Horse”

5″ x 7″ image. Line engraving on copper on 6.5″ x 8.5″ paper.
Edition size:unknown  Available: 11

Allen Lewis (1873 – 1957) was born in Mobile, Alabama. He studied in Paris at the Academie Colarossi and in 1900, his etchings were accepted into the Paris Salon. Lewis returned to New York in 1902, where he continued his printmaking and showed his work at gallery 291, owned by Alfred Steiglitz. Lewis was elected a member of the National Academy in 1935 and also held membership in the Chicago Society of Etchers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. He was a prolific book illustrator and printmaker. Allen Lewis’s work is represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Yale and Harvard University Libraries and the Prague.


1948 ~ Daniel J. Murphy “Chloe”

9.5″ x 13.5″ image on 12″ x 16″ paper. Lithograph.
Edition size:unknown  Available: 11


1949 ~ James D. Havens “Blackberries”

4.75″ x 6″ image. 4 Color Woodblock Print.
Edition size:unknown  Available: unavailable

James Dexter Havens (1900 – 1960) is an American painter, sculptor and printmaker and painter born in Rochester, New York. He is considered part of the color woodblock revival in America. Havens studied at the University of Rochester and the Rochester Institute of Technology, but is a self-taught printmaker. James was one of the twenty-two founding members of the Print Club of Rochester, NY. His work was widely exhibited and is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the Metropolitan Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, and Strong National Museum of Play.


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