|Description: We offer a signed etching by Jonathan Taylor Arms. The plate size of “The Old Order” is 5 ¼” x 7 ¾” on white wove paper, 7 ¾” 10 ½”. It is signed at the lower right and dated 1948 in graphite. Item #PR00249.
Arms studied to be an architect, and his eye is well trained to the formalities of landscape and perspective. But it is the obsessive, meticulous details in this etching that give the piece a real sense of place. Arms was noted for using a sewing needle and a magnifying glass to etch his plates. The place is Bibury, England, a small town in Gloucestershire. Arms eloquently writes about the power of old places; beautiful peaceful places; to heal a communities ravaged by war.
John Taylor Arms(1887-1953) was born in Washington DC. He studied law at Princeton, but finished his education at MIT with a degree in architecture. After serving in the Navy during WWI, Arm devoted his time to making original etchings, he published his first works in 1919. His work is in collection at the Metropolitan Museum, The New York Public Library, The Library of Congress, the British Museum and the Bibiotheque Nationale, Paris.
Condition: There are three small pieces of adhesive tissue on recto along the top margin, as issued by the Albany Print Club, otherwise the print is in fine condition.