Feb 16, 2023 - Sale 2626

Sale 2626 - Lot 1

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500

EDWARD LANING (1906-1981)

Black Friday.
Black and sepia ink with gouache highlights on paper, 1939. Signed, Laning, lower right. 356x260 mm; 14x10 1/4 inches.

Edward Laning had a rich career as artist and illustrater creating numerous commissioned works. Funded by the Treasury Section of Fine Arts (TSFA) he completed a triptych for the Richmond County Administration Building, Rockingham NC in 1937, and in 1942 he created a mural for the William H. Natcher U.S. Courthouse in Bowling Green, KY. Under the Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration Laning created murals for the dining hall in the Administration Building at Ellis Island, (partially destroyed with remaining works moved to the Brooklyn Courthouse), and perhaps his most spectacular murals created for the main branch of the New York Public Library's McGraw Rotunda.

This drawing is from a series Laning did in the year 1939 depicting the stock market crash of 1929.