William P. Carl Fine Prints

Prints by Martin Lewis 

Prints by Martin Lewis 

American (1881-1962)

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Martin Lewis was one of the preeminent printmakers of the early 20th century. He was born in Australia and came to America in 1900. As a "printmaker's printmaker" he showed remarkable skill even in his earliest work. His main interest was in black and white intaglio prints though he also created drawings and watercolors. After spending some time in Japan producing several very good prints he returned to New York where what was arguably his best work was created. He had his first exhibition at Kennedy Galleries in 1927 and they became his dealer for many years to come. From the beginning, the demand for his prints was there and it continues to this day. We are pleased to present this fine selection of his graphic art.

 

Image: Martin Lewis, "Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children"

Martin Lewis 

Quarter of Nine, Saturday's Children, 1929 

Drypoint, McCarron 78, edition 107 

9 7/8 x 12 7/8 in. 

Martin Lewis

Shadow Magic, 1939

Drypoint, McCarron 126, edition 34

13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in.

Martin Lewis

Cronies 

Aquatint, McCarron 96, edition 60 plus three trial proofs 

This impression inscribed, "first trial proof" by the artist.

9 3/8 x 10 7/8 in.

Martin Lewis

Snow on the El, 1931

Drypoint and sand ground, McCarron 95, edition 49 including five trial proofs.

14 x 9 in.

Martin Lewis
Puffing Billies, 1916

Etching and sand ground, McCarron 20, edition 15

13 x 9 3/4 in.

Martin Lewis

Building a Babylon, Tudor City, NY, 1929

Drypoint, McCarron 76, edition 84

12 3/4 x 7 7/8 in.

Martin Lewis

Down to the Sea at Night, 1929

Drypoint and sand ground, McCarron 79, edition 65 

7 7/8 x 12 3/4 in.

Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis (1881-1962) was born in Australia and came to America in 1900. He worked for a time in San Francisco painting stage decorations and came to New York in 1909. He was working first as an illustrator and made his first etching in 1915. He traveled to Japan where he lived and worked for a couple of years. He then returned to New York and his printmaking really came into its own. He was a technical magician with a great understanding of composition and a remarkable ability to draw on the plate. From 1944-1952 Lewis taught a graphic arts course at the Art Students League. He was friends with Edward Hopper and Hopper sought out his advice on making prints. According to the McCarron raisonné , Lewis editioned 147 prints between 1915 and 1953. 

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