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Giant's Thumb Santa Fe - 1926, Woodcut.
Duffy 23. Edition 30. Signed, dated and titled in pencil. Signed in the block, lower right. Inscribed To Mrs. Whitmore in pencil, in the artist's hand, bottom center margin.
Image size 14 x 8 inches (356 x 203 mm); sheet size 14 3/4 x 9 15/16 inches (375 x 252 mm).
A fine, black impression, on off-white Japan, with full margins (1/4 to 1 1/8 inches), in excellent condition.
Collections: MNM, NMAA, PMA, ROS, UNM.
Towers- 1928, Etching.
Duffy 100. Edition 50. Signed and titled in pencil.
Image size 6 7/8 x 4 15/16 inches (175 x 125 mm); sheet size 8 3/8 x 6 3/8 inches (213 x 162 mm).
A fine, rich impression, on cream wove Japan, with full margins (1/2 to 7/8 inch), in excellent condition. Scarce.
Printed by the artist.
Collections: MET, NMAA, PMA.
Chrysler Building (Chrysler Building in Construction) - -1930, Wood Engraving.
Duffy 122. Edition 75, only 50 printed. Signed and dated 1931 in pencil.
Image size 10 1/16 x 6 11/16 inches (256 x 170 mm); sheet size 11 7/8 x 9 inches (302 x 229 mm).
A superb, black impression, on thin cream wove Japan paper, with full margins (2 to 3 7/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by the artist.
Among the artist's most dynamic precisionist works, Cook emphasizes the monumental sculptural presence of the Chrysler Building by framing it with the dark geometry of the smaller surrounding buildings. At the time Cook created this work, before the completion of the building's now famous art deco crown, the structure was the world's tallest building, holding the title for 11 months before it was surpassed by the Empire State Building in 1931. It still ranks as the tallest brick building in the world (though the internal skeleton is steel), and remains New York City's most renowned Art Deco landmark.
Collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum; Hood Musuem of Art, Dartmouth College; Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University.
Engine Room - 1930, Lithograph.
Duffy 128. Edition 75, only 35 printed. Signed, dated, and editioned 75 in pencil.
Image size 10 1/8 x 12 1/4 inches (257 x 311 mm); sheet size 13 1/2 x 15 5/8 inches (318 x 397 mm).
A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with wide margins (1 to 2 1/2 inches), in excellent condition.
This work depicts the engine room of the S.S. Exhibitor, a freighter on which the Cooks sailed to Africa and Europe in 1929.
Reproduced: Graphic Excursions, American Prints in Bkack and White, 1900-1950, Godine,1991.
Collections: MET, NMAA, PMA.
Financial District - 1931, Lithograph.
Duffy 155. Edition 75. Signed, dated and numbered 75 in pencil.
Image size 13 5/16 x 10 3/8 inches (338 x 264 mm); sheet size 18 3/8 x 13 3/4 inches (464 x 349 mm).
A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition.
Illustrated in American Master Prints from the Betty and Douglas Duffy Collection, the Trust for Museum Exhibitions, Washington, D.C., 1987.
Collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art; Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Price On Request
Soaring New York- 1930-31, Aquatint, Soft-ground Etching, Roulette
Duffy 165. Edition 75, fifth state of five. Signed, dated, and annotated imp in pencil.
Image size 8 15/16 x 11 13/16 inches (227 x 300 mm); sheet size 113/8 x 15 1/4 inches (289 x 387 mm). Scarce.
A superb, atmospheric impression, in warm black ink on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches, deckle all around), in excellent condition.
The artist uses three different intaglio techniques in this work to capture the gritty energy of the monumental New York City skyline.The view is looking south from midtown, with the Empire State Building in the center background and the Crysler building on the left
Collections: NMAA, UNM.
Price On Request.
Looking Up Broadway- 1937, Lithograph.
Duffy 192. Edition not stated. Signed and dated in the stone, lower left.
Image size13 x 9 7/16 inches (330 x 240 mm); sheet size 19 3/16 x 12 5/8 inches (487 x 321 mm).
A fine, rich impression, with wide to full margins (1 3/8 to 3 inches), on heavy cream wove paper. Pale tape stains on the sheet center verso (not showing recto), otherwise in excellent condition.
Published by the American Artists Group, New York, in an unsigned, unumbered edition. Typically the AAG editions were c. 200 but the scarcity of this work sugggests that either the published edition was much smaller or that few impressions have survived.
Collections: Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, San Francisco, CA; Metropolitan Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Mexican Landscape (Desert Tree)- -1933, 1941, Etching and Aquatint.
Duffy 177. Edition 30, 250. Signed in pencil.
Image size 8 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches (225 x 302 mm); sheet size 12 x 16 1/8 inches (305 x 410 mm).
A superb impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 1/8 inches). Slight discoloration from the original hinges in the top left and right sheet corners recto, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.
An impression from the 2nd edition published by Associated American Artists in 1941 under the title Desert Tree.
Collections: ACH, GU, SAAM, PMA.
Eagle Dance - -1942, Wood Engraving.
Duffy 201. Edition 200. Signed and dated in pencil.
Image size 10 x 8 inches (254 x 203 mm); sheet size 14 7/8 x 12 1/4 inches (378 x 311 mm).
A superb, black impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (2 to 3 7/8 inches), in excellent condition.
An impression from the edition published for the Twenty-first Presentation Print of the Woodcut Society, 1942. Printed by Torch Press, Cedar Rapids. Complete in an exceptionally clean example of the original Woodcut Society letterpress presentation folder.
Collections: AHC, CMA, LC, MFA, NMAA, NYPL, ROS, SMFA, UNM, YALE.