G e o r g e - E l b e r t - B u r r---- 1 8 5 9 - 1 9 3 9
North Boulder Creek, Colorado-- c. 1920, Etching.
Seeber 99. Edition not stated. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 3 13/16 x 6 15/16 inches (98 x 175 mm), sheet size 6 5/16 x 10 9/16 inches (160 x 268 mm).
A fine, luminous impression in dark sepia ink, with selectively wiped plate tone, on cream laid paper; wide margins (1 3/4 to 2 inches). Pale light toning within a previous mat opening, otherwise in excellent condition.
Evening, Navajo Country, Arizona-- c. 1929, Drypoint and Etching.
Seeber 293. Edition 100. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 9 3/4 x 11 7/8 inches (248 x 302 mm); sheet size 13 3/8 x 15 1/2 inches (340 x 394 mm).
A superb, richly inked and luminous impression, with full margins (1 3/4 inch), on Arches cream laid paper. Original tape remains in the extreme top left and right sheet corners, otherwise in excellent condition.
In a letter dated Oct. 14, 1929, Burr wrote: “Evening, Navajo Country is intended to be a poem of twilight, in the great open dessert, and like a fine poem, doesn’t give all to one at once - I wished to put on copper the emotion I feel when out in the great open space, and the last glow of light touches with a parting caress, a soft billowy cloud - I played with this plate for a year, and put in it all I know as to a tonal finished plate. I never expect to do another plate like the Evening. It’s my final display of etching carried to the limit...I had the plate steeled so that I would have a hundred prints all alike in quality."
Collections: Arizona Capitol Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona.