Benton Spruance Original Pencil Signed Stone Lithograph Bucks County, PA 1948 Unmatted, Unframed


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"Bucks County" by Pennsylvania artist Benton Spruance (1904-1967) is a very fine original stone lithograph that was commissioned by The Colophon art journal in 1948 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the invention of lithography.

This lithograph was created by Spruance from a drawing he made of a charming farm scene at Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Spruance's pencil signed limited edition lithographs often command high prices. This one is affordable because of the larger edition size of 2500.

Signed in pencil by the artist. From The New Colophon (1948) edition of 2500. (This auction is for the print only and does not include the art journal.)

Sheet size - 7-3/4 x 10-1/2 inches
Image size - 7-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches

Excellent Condition with narrow margins as published. (Please see photos.)

A strong impression printed on a hand press by Theodore Cuno of Philadelphia on a sheet of all rag Italian made paper. Each impression was inked by hand. Unmatted and unframed as published. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.

Benton L. Spruance was an internationally known artist, an expert technician in color and black and white lithography. While attending architectural classes at the University of Pennsylvania, he developed an interest in graphic sketching, which eventually led him to win a competitive scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

He received many awards and fellowships including two Cresson Scholarships to travel in Europe and two Guggenheim grants. In 1967 the Philadelphia College of Art held a special retrospective exhibition of his lithographs in honor of his "distinguished achievement as an artist and as a member of their faculty." Spruance served on the Philadelphia Art Commission, was the chairman of the Arts Department of Beaver College, and the chairman of the Printmaking Department of the Philadelphia College of Art.

His art is in the collections of the Library of Congress, the National Gallery of Art, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Carnegie Institute.

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