John Carter Shryock Pencil Signed Stone Lithograph Reeds Woodland Stream c. 1935 Unframed


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Sometimes we come across an artist that was so talented in the medium in which they worked that we are surprised they are not better known.

American artist John Carter Shryock, Jr. (1914-2007) produced several stone lithographs in the 1930s when he was studying at the Art Students League in New York under such master lithograph artists and teachers as Thomas Hart Benton, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and Will Barnet.

This study of Reeds at the edge of a woodland stream is one of those prints. It is an exceptional work with some of the finest draftsmanship we have seen in a lithograph. It reminds us of some of the works by well known nature lithograph artist Stow Wengenroth.

Everything about this work is exquisite: the incredible detail, the smooth flowing lines, the textures, movement, and contrast. This lithograph was printed by American artist Will Barnet at the Art Students League in New York. It was among the prints from Barnet's personal collection through his estate.

An original stone lithograph from a small Limited Edition published about 1935. It is signed and titled in pencil by the artist.

Works by John Carter Shryock, Jr. are in the Asheville Art Museum (North Carolina), the University of Maryland Art Gallery, and other public and private collections.

Sheet size - 14-3/8 x 18 inches
Image size - 11-3/4 x 15-1/8 inches

Very Good condition overall with only a few light spots in the upper margin.

A strong impression printed in black ink on off-white wove paper at the Art Students League in New York by American artist and printmaker Will Barnet.

Unmatted and unframed. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.

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John C. Shryock, Jr., was born in Frostburg, Maryland, December 31, 1914. His parents were John C. and Nellie Shryock, also of Maryland. His painting began early and by the 1930s he was studying at the Art Students League, New York , under the tutelage of Thomas Hart Benton, Harry Sternberg, Alexander Abels, George Groz, and Yasuo Kuniyoshi. In January 1941, John enlisted as a private in New York City, before the beginning of World War II. During the War, he served five years as an infantryman in the 45 th Infantry Division in Europe and received the final rank of Lieutenant.

Shryock was a successful painter, commercial artist, commission artist, cover artist, and lithographer. Shryock’s art has appeared in several trade magazines and publications, as well as cover art. His works are currently housed at several museums along the east coast, as well as in several corporate art collections. For example, US Steel was an important commission client for Shryock.

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