America’s most distinguished etcher, John Taylor Arms (1887–1953) set his sights early on architecture, but after a naval stint during the First World War he devoted himself to producing exquisite prints, even as the artistic current carried many toward expressionism and abstraction. For Arms, as for the great critic John Ruskin, art’s loftiest summits had been climbed during the Gothic age, and many of his finest prints are of cathedrals and gargoyles. He also produced etchings of naval warships during the Second World War, visiting the shipyards of Connecticut, New Jersey, and Virginia. His commitment was remarkable: he was known to spend more than one thousand hours on a single print. “I cannot etch what I do not love,” said John Taylor Arms.
Contains five each of the following notecards:
Ship Series: The Golden Galleon, 1921
Ship Series: The American Clipper Ship, 1922
Ship Series: The Dragon Ship, 1922
Ship Series: Where the Junk Sails Lift, 1922