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JOHN TAYLOR ARMS Cobwebs (Brooklyn Bridge).
Etching printed in dark brownish black, 1921. 245x192 mm; 9 5/8x7 1/2 inches, full margins. One of only 10 artist's proofs, aside from the edition of 75. Signed, dated and inscribed "Trial proof" in pencil, lower margin. Printed by Frederick Reynolds, New York. A superb impression of this scarce, early New York etching, with all the details distinct.
Arms (1887-1953) studied law at Princeton University before transferring to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to study architecture. After serving as an officer in the United States Navy during World War I, he devoted himself full-time to etching. He published his first etchings, subjects primarily taken from New York, in 1919. Arms also traveled extensively throughout Europe, France and Italy in particular, and made numerous landscape and architectural etchings. He was a meticulous printmaker, using sewing needles and magnifying glasses to achieve the fine level of detail in his work. Fletcher 95.