Diana Thorne Original Pencil Signed Etching Cat and Chipmunk c. 1935 in Folder/Mat


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"Be Nice!" is an original etching created c. 1935 by Russian born American artist Diana Thorne. It is signed in pencil by the artist.

Title: Be Nice! (Untitled)
Artist: Diana Thorne - (1895-1963) - American artist
Technique: Original drypoint etching
Dimensions Sheet size - 7-3/4 x 9-1/2 inches, Image size - 5-3/4 x 7-1/2 inches, Mat/Folder size - 11 x 14 inches.
Date Published: c. 1935
Edition Size: From a Limited Edition
Signed: Signed in pencil by the artist
Printing: A strong impression printed in black ink on natural wove paper.
References: Prints by Diana Thorne can be found in many major collections.
Condition: Excellent Condition with some rippling of the sheet at the margin edges which would have happened in the drying process after the etching was printed. The image is not affected. Without age toning, foxing, tears, or creases.
Presentation: Placed in a protective acid free natural mat/folder. Blank on the back, not laid down. Ships in a plastic archival sleeve.

Diana Thorne is best known for the many books she wrote and illustrated with excellent portraits of dogs and cats, but she was also a very fine printmaker who made fine art etchings throughout her career.

Thorne often gave whimsical and comical titles to her prints, and although this one does not have a title, "Be Nice!" seems to be a good choice. In the image a young girl is protecting a scared chipmunk in her arms from a cat that is poised for attack. The girl has some stern words for the cat, but it doesn't appear to be listening.

Thorne was an exceptional draftsman whose drawings of animals are as good as any we have seen.

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Diana Thorne was born Ann Woursell in Odessa, Russia. She was raised on a farm near Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She began drawing dogs as a young child and went on to become one of America’s most recognized canine artists.

Her family left Canada for Germany around 1912 where Thorne took her first formal art studies at the Imperial Academy in Munich and Charlottenburg Technical College in Berlin. When World War I began two years later Thorne and her family were detained by the German government because they were Canadian citizens. The family escaped to England where Thorne supported herself as a reporter, librarian, writer, bicycle shop owner, and typewriter repair person.

During this period she began her first experiments in both illustration and etching, and studied with British artist William Strang.

In 1917 Thorne moved to the U.S. Her first published etching, titled "Rollin’ Home," was well received in 1926, and from this point she became an established artist, taking on commercial work in New York City in 1929.

In her private life, she was known as Mrs. Arthur North, with a residence in Philadelphia. The pseudonym "Thorne" originated from an anagram of her husband’s last name. There is also evidence that she may have been the wife of artist Carton Moore-Park (1877-1956).
As the author-illustrator of more than forty books and illustrator of more than fifty, her main reason for success was a total dedication to her drawing and a deep love for her subject matter.

A sportswoman and owner of dogs herself, Thorne illustrated, and often authored, children’s books dealing with dogs and animal life. Thorne’s longtime publisher was the Saalfield Publishing Company of Akron, Ohio, once a leading publisher of children’s literature and paper novelties.

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