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Amusement Park, Vienna   -1928, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 2. Edition 22. Signed, titled, and numbered in pencil. Initialed B.M.S. in the stone.

Image size 9 3/4 x 9 1/2 inches (247 x 242 mm); sheet size 17 3/4 x 12 5/8 inches (451 x 321 mm).

A fine impression on chine collé, with full margins (1 1/4 to 5 1/2 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Desjobert. One of the artist's earliest prints.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1850.


Slack Rope Artist   -1930, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 35. Edition 30. Signed and titled in pencil.

Image size 13 5/8 x 10 1/8 inches (347 x 257 mm); sheet size 18 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches (467 x 324 mm).

A fine impression, on cream chine collé, with full margins (1 1/8 to 2 3/4 inch), in excellent condition. Hinge remains on the top and bottom sheet edges verso. Printed by Desjobert.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$2800.


Introduction to Love   -1935, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 110. Edition 35. Signed and dated in pencil.

Image size 10 3/8 x 13 1/2 inches (263 x 342 mm); sheet size 15 1/8 x 20 1/4 inches (384 x 514 mm).

A superb impression, with full margins (2 1/8 to 3 1/2 inches), on Barcelona-Catalunya cream laid paper, in excellent condition.

Reproduced in American Master Prints from the Betty and Douglas Duffy collection, the trust for museum exhibitions Washington, D.C., 1987.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SOLD


Design for America No. 2   -1935, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 118. Edition 40. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 9/40 in pencil. Initialed in the stone lower right. Dated 1935, lower left sheet corner.

Image size 16 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches (416 x 241 mm); sheet size 22 3/4 x 15 7/8 inches (578 x 403 mm).

A superb, richly-inked impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (2 5/8 to 3 5/8 inches), in excellent condition. Probably printed by master lithographer Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery.

$7500.


Girl and Cat   -1935, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 121. Edition 33. Signed, titled, and numbered 10/33 in pencil.

Image size 10 1/8 x 13 5/8 inches (257 x 345 mm); sheet size 12 1/2 x 17 5/8 inches (318 x 448 mm).

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

$2200.


Portrait at Dusk   -1939, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 174. Edition 20; 30. Signed, dated, titled and numbered Ed. 20 in pencil.

Image size 15 3/4 x 10 1/8 inches (400 x 257 mm); sheet size 22 1/4 x 14 1/4 inches (565 x 362 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with wide margins (2 to 3 1/2 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Selected by the artist for his retrospective exhibition Benton Spruance: Lithographs 1932-1967, Philadelphia College of Art, 1967.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art.

$1600.


The 30s–Windshield   -1939, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 176. Edition 35; 30. Signed, tilted and annotated Ed. 30 in pencil.

Image size 9 x 14 1/4 inches (229 x 362 mm), sheet size 11 1/2 x 16 5/8 inches (292 x 422 mm).

A fine impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 1/8 to 1 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Selected by the artist for his retrospective exhibition Benton Spruance: Lithographs 1932-1967, Philadelphia College of Art, 1967.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SOLD


The Lamentation   -1941, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 199. Edition 40. Signed, titled and numbered Ed. 35 in pencil. Initialed in stone, lower right.

Image size 12 1/4 x 18 1/8 inches (311 x 460 mm); sheet size 15 1/2 x 22 3/4 inches (384 x 578 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 3/8 to 2 5/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1400.


Girl with Hands to Face   -1940, Lithograph with Tint Block.

Fine and Looney 180. Edition 30. Signed, tilted and annotated Ed. 30 in pencil.

Image size 15 15/16 x 10 inches (405 x 254 mm); sheet size 22 7/8 x 12 7/8 inches (581 x 327 mm).

A fine impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 3 5/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno. Scarce.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1800.


Farewell In The Dawn   -1942, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 205. Edition 35; 30. Signed, titled, dated and annotated Ed 30 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 14 7/8 x 10 1/8 inches (406 x 233 mm); sheet size 19 1/8 x 12 5/8 inches (486 x 321 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on Rives off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 x 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1400.


Credo 3: I Believe in Man   -1942, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 211. Edition 35. Signed, titled, dated and numbered in pencil.

Image size 16 x 9 3/16 inches (406 x 233 mm); sheet size 20 x 12 7/8 inches (508 x 327 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on Rives cream wove paper, with full margins (1 7/8 to 2 1/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Collections: Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SOLD


Souvenir of Lidice   -1943, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 216. Edition 35. Signed, dated, titled, and annotated Ed. 35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 12 1/8 x 18 1/4 inches (308 x 464 mm); sheet size 15 3/8 x 22 3/4 inches (391 x 578 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art.

$1600.


From the Sea; From the Sea–Pieta--- 1943, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 220. Edition 35; 30. Signed, dated, tilted and annotated Ed. 35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone lower right.

Image size 10 3/8 x 15 1/8 inches (264 x 384 mm); sheet size 12 1/4 x 19 1/4 inches (311 x 489 mm).

A superb, richly inked impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 to 2 inches). Slight glue staining in the top right sheet corner, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1200.


Riders of the Apocalypse--- 1943, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 222. Edition 35. Signed, dated, titled and annotated Ed 35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower left.

Image size 12 11/16 x 16 3/8 inches (322 x 416 mm); sheet size 15 5/8 x 19 1/4 inches (397 x 489 mm).

A superb impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 1 5/8 inches); in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Exhibited and Reproduced: The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, Stephen Coppel, The British Museum, 2008, catalog p. 205.

Collections: British Museum; Free Library of Philadelphia; National Gallery of Art, Washington; Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SOLD


Subway Shift; The Second Front   -1943, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 223. Edition 35; 30. Signed, dated, titled The Second Front and annotated Ed 30 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 10 3/16 x 16 1/4 inches (359 x 413 mm); sheet size 15 3/8 x 23 1/4 inches (390 x 591 mm).

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

Exhibited and reproduced: Benton Spruance, Lithographs 1932-1967, Philadelphia College of Art, 1967; The American Scene: Prints from Hopper to Pollock, p. 205, Stephen Coppel, The British Museum, 2008.

Collections: British Museum, Free Library of Philadelphia; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Philadelphia Museum of Art.

SOLD

People, Portrait, Subway, WWII, Social Commentary, War Effort, Civilians, New York

Resurrection   -1944, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 227. Edition 32; 35. Signed, titled -Resurrection- and numbered Ed 30 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower left.

Image size 18 3/4 x 13 1/4 inches (476 x 336 mm); sheet size 23 x 16 5/8 inches (584 x 422 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on heavy Strathmore cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/2 to 2 1/4 inches); slight discoloration on the right sheet edge, well away from the image; otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1200.


End of Waiting  -1944, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 230. Edition 30; 25. Signed, titled, dated and annotated Ed 30 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, upper right.

Image size 14 3/8 x 12 1/8 inches (365 x 308 mm); sheet size 19 1/4 x 14 3/8 inches (489 x 365 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 to 2 5/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$900.


Nero   -1944, 2-Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 233. Edition 35. Signed, titled and annotated Ed 35 in pencil. Initialed BS in the stone, lower right.

Image size 11 5/8 x 15 5/8 inches (368 x 397 mm); sheet size 14 3/8 to 18 3/4 inches (365 x 467 mm).

AA superb, richly inked impression, on off white wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 1 3/4 inches); minor skinning in the top margin; a repaired tear in the center left sheet edge (well away from the image) otherwise in very good condition. Printed by Cuno. Scarce.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$3200.

Musical Instruments, Music, Nero, Storefront, Modernism, Cubism, Guitar, Violin, Cello

A Wind is Rising and the Rivers Flow   - 1945, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 242. Edition 40. Signed, dated, titled and annotated Ed.40 in pencil.

Image size 14 1/2 x 19 1/8 inches (368 x 486 mm); sheet size 17 1/2 x 22 7/8 inches (445 x 581 mm).

A fine impression with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches); in excellent condition.

$1800.


Ecclesiastes Essay IV   - 1946, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 248. Edition 40. Signed and titled in pencil.

Image size 17 5/8 x 12 3/4 inches (448 x 324 mm); sheet size 21 1/2 x 16 inches (546 x 406 mm).

A superb impression on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 5/16 to 2 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno, with his blindstamp in the lower left sheet edge.

$800.


Figure with Mirrors  - 1947, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 257. Edition 40. Signed, dated, titled and annotated Ed. 35 in pencil. Initialed in stone, lower right.

Image size 14 x 18 1/2 inches (356 x 470 mm); sheet size 16 1/2 x 22 7/8 inches (419 x 581 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/8 to 2 3/4 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1200.


Eyes for the Night   - 1947, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 260. Edition 35-40. Signed, dated, titled and numbered Ed 35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone.

Image size 19 1/16 x 12 3/4 inches (484 x 324 mm); sheet size 23 5/8 x 17 1/4 inches (600 x 438 mm).

A deep, rich impression, with full margins (2 to 2 3/8 inches), on heavy cream wove paper, in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$900.


Eyes for the Night   - 1948, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 261. Edition 35. Signed, dated, titled and annotated Ed 35 in pencil.

Image size 19 x 13 inches (483 x 330 mm), sheet size 21 1/8 x 15 1/4 inches (537 x 387 mm).

A fine impression with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; the full sheet with margins (1 to 1 3/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Selected by the artist for his retrospective exhibition Benton Spruance: Lithographs 1932-1967, Philadelphia College of Art, 1967.

Collections: Boston Public Library, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Library of Congress.

$1200.


Havoc in Heaven   - 1948, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 270. Edition 30; 35. Signed, titled and numbered Ed 35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 18 11/16 x 13 inches (474 x 330 mm); sheet size 22 7/8 x 15 3/4 inches (581 x 400 mm).

A fine, richly-inked impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 1/4 to 2 7/8 inches), in excellent condition. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Consortium, Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art.

$2400.


Soliloquy: Vanity of Decision   - 1949, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 275. Edition 50; 40. Signed, titled Soliloquy and numbered 23/40 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower left.

Image size 18 13/16 x 13 inches (478 x 330 mm); sheet size 22 7/8 x 16 1/8 inches (581 x 410 mm).

A fine, rich impression, on cream wove paper, with full margins (1 to 2 1/8 inches); in excellent condition.

From Vanity I: Vanity of the Mind, a series of five lithographs. Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art.

SOLD


Fallen Angel: Vanity of Disagreement   - 1949, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 276. Edition 40. Signed, titled and numbereded 24/40 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower left.

Image size 18 5/8 x 13 1/8 inches (473 x 333 mm), sheet size 22 7/8 x 16 inches (581 x 406 mm).

A superb impression, with fresh colors, on off-white wove paper; full margins (1 3/8 to 2 1/4 inches), in excellent condition.

Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$900.


Set Pieces: Vanity of Trust   - 1949, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 279. Edition 40. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 23/40 in pencil.

Image size 13 x 18 9/16 inches (330 x 471 mm); sheet size 16 1/4 x 23 inches (413 x 584 mm).

A fine, impression with fresh colors on off-white wove paper, with full margins (1 3/8 to 2 1/4 inches). Slight toning the the bottom right margin, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

$1200.

Romance, Fourth 4th of July, Independence Day, Night, Fireworks, Nocturne, Couple

I’ll Be What I Choose: Vanity of Ambition   - 1949, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 281. Edition 40. Signed, titled and numbered 24/40 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 19 13/16 x 13 1/4 inches (478 x 339 mm); sheet size 23 7/8 x 16 1/4 inches (606 x 413 mm).

A fine impression, with fresh colors, on cream wove paper; full margins (1 1/8 to 2 1/4 inches); slight toning on top right sheet edge, well away from the image; in excellent condition.

Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art.

SOLD


Broken Carousel  - 1950, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 285. Edition 35. Signed, titled and numbered 18/35 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 18 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches (470 x 340 mm); sheet size 22 7/8 x 15 7/8 inches (581 x 403 mm).

A fine impression, with fresh colors, on Rives cream wove paper; wide to full margins (1 1/8 to 2 3/8 inches). A small stain on top right sheet edge, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition.

Printed by Cuno.

Collections: Cleveland Museum of Art, Free Library of Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art,

$1400.


Girl With Mask  - 1950, Color Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 291. Edition 30. Signed, dated, titled and annotated Ed 30 in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 20 5/8 x 12 1/8 inches (523 x 309 mm); sheet size 22 3/4 x 15 5/8 inches (578 x 397 mm).

A fine impression, with fresh colors, on Rives cream wove paper; full margins (1 to 2 1/8 inches), in excellent condition.

Printed by Cuno, with the printer's blindstamp CUNO, PHIILA., PA. IMPRESSION, in the bottom center margin.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Whitney Museum of American Art.

$1100.


"With You, Wisdom Will Die" –Job   -1951, Lithograph.

Fine and Looney 301. Edition 25; 30. Signed, titled, dated and editioned Ed 30, and annotated imp BS. in pencil. Initialed in the stone, lower right.

Image size 18 1/8 x 11 11/16 inches (460 x 297 mm); sheet size 22 x 15 7/8 inches (559 x 403 mm).

A superb, richly inked impression, on Rives cream wove paper, with full margins (1 7/8 to 2 1/8 inches); a water stain in the top right sheet corner, well away from the image, otherwise in excellent condition. Printed by the artist.

Collections: Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art.

$1400.


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