Joseph Pennell Original Pencil Signed Etching The Dock Head on the River Thames 1905


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The Dock Head is an original etching by well known American artist Joseph Pennell. This original print was hand signed in pencil by the artist and published in 1905 in a Limited Edition of about 75.

Title: The Dock Head (London)
Artist: Joseph Pennell - (1857-1926) - American artist
Technique: Original Etching with plate tone
Signature: Signed in pencil by the artist, and titled in the lower margin by another hand.
Date Published: 1905
Edition: From a Limited Edition of about 75.
Dimensions: Sheet size - 10-1/2 x 12-3/4 inches, Image size - 8-1/2 x 11 inches.
Condition: Very Good condition with remnants of old masking tape in the outer margins front and back, a small chip in the upper left corner of the image, and a couple of pinholes within the image. Overall, considering its age, this print is very collectable.
References: No. 381 in A Catalogue of the Etchings of Joseph Pennell (1928) compiled by Louis Wuerth.
This print is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago and can be seen on their website.
Printing: A good impression printed by the artist in black ink on handmade paper.
Presentation: Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic sleeve.
Description: During the early decades of the 20th century well known American etcher Joseph Pennell traveled extensively in Europe creating drawings and etchings of historic buildings in England, France, Italy, and Spain.

This atmospheric etching shows a twilight scene on a dock along the Thames River in London, England. Pennell used plate tone by selective wiping of the ink on the printing plate to create this quiet, moodly image.

Joseph Pennell was a painter, illustrator, printmaker, lecturer, critic, author, and teacher. He was born in Pennsylvania, the son of Philadelphia Quaker parents and briefly attended the School of Industrial Design now called the Philadelphia College of Art. He was a pupil in the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts between 1878-80, and his unusual ability in etching was early recognized by its president, James L. Claghorn.

Through Claghorn, who possessed a sizable collection of etchings, Pennell came into contact with the work of accomplished masters Seymour Haden and James McNeill Whistler, whose style he studied and imitated. Claghorn also introduced Pennell to Frederick Keppel, a printseller, publisher, and gallery owner, whose sponsorship would help to establish him in the public eye. Pennell's association with Keppel's gallery lasted for the rest of his life.Pennell spent much of his time was spent in Europe, particularly in London, where he was greatly influenced by Whistler. His subjects are chiefly landscapes and architectural views, and his art is distinguished for its simplicity, technical perfection, and illustrative quality.

He is represented by etchings, drawings, and lithographs in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.; Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh; and Brooklyn Museum, N.Y. Pennell was a member (1909) of the National Academy of Design and of numerous European societies and was a lecturer on illustration at the Slade School of Art, London, and the Royal College of Art, South Kensington.

His publications include Pen Drawings and Pen Draughtsmen (1889), Modern Illustration (1895), Lithographs of New York (1905), Etchers and Etching (1919), Adventures of an Illustrator (1925), and, with Elizabeth R. Pennell, his wife, a biography of James McNeill Whistler (1908).

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