American (1881 – 1962)
Day’s End, 1937
McCarron 120 iii/iii. Drypoint on wove paper, watermarked WHATMAN 1937 and ENGLAND. Edition of 34 plus 8 trial proofs, according to McCarron. Rare. Signed in pencil and inscribed “For Patricia and Martin D~ Printed especially for them by ‘le ancien’, December 1947” (Martin D and Patricia are Martin Lewis’ son and daughter-in-law. The artist, the elder of the two Martins, refers to himself as Le Ancien.)
9 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches | 24.4 x 34.3 cm
The print was awarded an honorable mention by the Philadelphia Print Cub in 1938. It was included in the 1943 traveling exhibition, ‘Artists for Victory’.
McCarron writes, “The sign on the smokestack at right reads ‘Danbury and Bethel Fur Co. Inc.’ Lewis depicted factory workers shuffling homeward at the end of the day. The subject may be seen as a contrasting companion piece to Quarter of Nine, Saturday’s Children (No. 78) of 1929, where Lewis also used a single-point perspective to show stylishly dressed New York City workers walking briskly on their way to work in the early morning sunshine.” (page 208).
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