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Jester - - 1935, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 1. Edition 50. Signed and dated in pencil.

Image size 10 7/8 x 8 3/4 inches (276 x 222 mm), sheet size 13 3/4 x 11 1/4 inches (349 x 286 mm).

A fine impression, in brown/black ink, on heavy cream wove paper, with full margins (7/8 to 1 5/8 inch). Printing ink, apparently from the plate edge, in the left margin; pale stain at the top center margin edge, both well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Scarce.

Ex-collection Bill Pelletier, with his stamp verso.

Collection: Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.

$900.


Tapping A Steel, Sheffield Steel Corporation (also Tapping A Heat) - - 1937, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 7. Edition 60. Signed, dated, titled and numbered 45/60 in pencil.

Image size 11 3/4 x 9 1/8 inches (298 x 232 mm); sheet size 14 x 10 7/8 inches (356 x 276 mm).

A superb impression, in dark brown ink, on white wove paper, with margins (7/8 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

The first industrial subject work created by the artist from the series commissioned by Sheffield Steel corporation.

“'Tapping a Heat' refers to the tapping out of the clay plug in the open hearth basin which allows the molten steel to flow into the ladle. The ladle is then carried carried by large crane hooks and tilted to pour the molten steel into the ingot molds. It was one of the most dramatic operations in the steel mill.” —Jaskson Lee Nesbitt; Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Stone and Press, 1993.

Exhibited: Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Prints from the Collection of S. William and Leona Pelletier, Georgia Museum of Art, March 30 - June 13, 1999.

$1800.

Regionalism, Industrial, Steel Mill, Men Working, Blast Furnace, Realism, WPA

Teeming Ingots (also Men and Steel) - - 1938, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 9. Edition 60. Signed and titled in pencil.

Image size 11 3/4 x 9 1/16 inches (299 x 230 mm); sheet size 18 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches (467 x 368 mm).

A very fine, early impression (before the letters Sheffield Steel Corporation in the bottom left plate edge), in brown-black ink, on off-white wove paper, with margins (3/8 to 5/8 inches). A repaired tear in the center top margin, not affecting the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

From the series of industrial subject works commissioned by Sheffield Steel corporation.

“The men wore heavy blue glasses so they could see when the ingot molds were filled with the molten steel from the ladle. When filled, rice bran was shoveled over the molten steel causing a sudden flare up and a settling down of ash. This was done to allow the gases to be released while maintaining most of the intense heat. If the gases were not expelled in this way, holes would occur and the ingot would be ruined.” –Jaskson Lee Nesbitt; Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Stone and Press, 1993.

Exhibited: Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Prints from the Collection of S. William and Leona Pelletier, Georgia Museum of Art, March 30 - June 13, 1999.

Collections: Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

$1600.


Hot Metal (also Holding Crucible) - - 1939, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 16. Edition 60. Signed, titled and numbered 45/60 in pencil.

Image size 9 1/16 x 11 13/16 inches (230 x 300 mm); sheet size 11 x 13 3/8 inches (279 x 340 mm).

A superb, early impression (before the letters Sheffield Steel Corporation in the bottom left plate edge), in brown-black ink, on off-white wove paper, with margins (1/2 to 1 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

From the series of industrial subject works commissioned by Sheffield Steel corporation.

Scrap steel is melted in a cupola at the Kansas City plant and transferred in a continuous stream to a holding crucible. The molten steel is then poured into a ladle and carried over to an open hearth furnace for further refinement. —from Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Stone and Press, 1993.

Exhibited: Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Prints from the Collection of S. William and Leona Pelletier, Georgia Museum of Art, March 30 - June 13, 1999.

Collections: Crystal Bridges Musuem of American Art, Spencer Museum of Art, Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

$1600.

Regionalism, Industrial, Steel Mill, Men Working, Blast Furnace, Realism

Stripping Ingots - - 1939, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 14. Edition 60. Signed and numbered 49/60 in pencil.

Image size 11 7/8 x 9 1/16 inches (302 x 230 mm), sheet size 13 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches (343 x 286 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with margins (1 1/16 to 1 3/8 inch), in excellent condition.

Collection: Cleveland Museum of Art.

$1400.


November Evening - - 1946, Etching.

Retif and Salzer 24. Edition 250. Signed and titled in pencil. Signed and dated in the plate, beneath the image, lower right; titled in the plate, beneath the image, lower left.

Image size 8 3/4 x 11 13/16 inches (222 x 300 mm); sheet size 11 15/16 x 15 7/8 inches (303 x 403 mm).

A superb, luminious impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 3/8 to 2 inches), in excellent condition.

"Benton and I were sketching along this Arkansas road when this old guy rode by. He mistook us for surveyors and allowed as how this road could use some fixing. I also did a painting of this subject which was accepted in the Artists For Victory juried exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York." –Jackson Lee Nesbitt, from Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Stone and Press, 1993.

November Evening...is Nesbitt at his best; the print is suggestive of the season, the time of day, the mood of earth and sky.” –Albert Reese, American Prize Prints of the 20th Century, 1949.

Awarded the Richard Comyn Eames Prize, Society of American Etchers, 1946.

Reproduced: American Prize Prints of the 20th Century, Albert Reese, American Artists Group Inc., New York, 1949; and in American Prints in the LIbrary of Congress, The John Hopkins Press, 1970.
Exhibited: Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Prints from the Collection of S. William and Leona Pelletier, Georgia Museum of Art, March 30 - June 13, 1999..

Collections: Ackland Art Museum, Albright-Knox Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, University of Syracuse Art Museum, Toledo Museum of Art.

SOLD

Regionalism, mid-west, country, man on horseback, dog, country road

The Mathew W. Johnston Family - - 1990, Lithograph.

Retif and Salzer 39. Edition 250. Signed, dated, titled and numbered 167/250 in pencil. Signed in the stone, upper right.

Image size 9 7/16 x 12 7/16 inches (243 x 316 mm); sheet size 12 1/4 x 15 inches (311 x 381 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 3/16 to 1 1/2 inches), in excellent condition.

Printed by Wayne Kline at Rolling Stone Press with the two blindstamps in the bottom margin, center.

$400.

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