Jun 24, 2010 - Sale 2219

Sale 2219 - Lot 3

Price Realized: $ 1,320
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
RICHARD R. BEATTY (1899 - 1961)

Lithograph, 1929. 247x184 mm; 9 3/4x7 3/4 inches, wide (full ?) margins. Signed, titled, dated and numbered 18/30 in pencil, lower margin. A very good, dark impression of this scarce print.

According to the Cleveland State University Art Gallery, this mourning scene from Porgy was the artist's favorite print and hung in the lobby of the Ohio Theater in 1929. There are impressions in the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Russell and Rowen Jelliffe collection at Cleveland State University.

Before coming to Cleveland, Richard R. Beatty studied at the Carnegie Insititute in Pittsburgh and the Chicago Art Insititute. In 1925, he worked in the print department of the Cleveland Museum of Art, and then in 1929, in the print room of Korner & Wood Company. His lithographs were exhibited in the "May Show" of the Cleveland Artist Exhibits in 1927-28, 1930--when he won first prize, 1938 and 1941. By 1934, he was a printmaking instructor and director of the Karamu Art Studio, where he designed sets for the Gilpin Players of Karamu House.