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12 1/16 x 15 3/16 in. (30.7 x 38.6 cm)

John Taylor Arms
American (Washington, DC, 1887 - 1953, New York, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Etching
Credit Line: Bequest of Antoinette W. Snyder
Accession Number: 1959.30
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Edition: 100/142

John Taylor Arms was first trained as an architect, and went on to become the leading American printmaker of the first half of the 20th century. In 1934, Arms demonstrated “The Making of an Etching” at one of his many appearances before the Print Club of Rochester. He is best known for his detailed etchings of Gothic and medieval architecture.

In 1923, Arms began an ambitious project of drawing and etching the great cathedrals and churches of Europe. Limoges is one of his French Churches series featuring Saint-Étienne Cathedral, constructed between the 12th and 16th century. The view depicts the Vienne River and the mountainous landscape of the Massif Central region of France.

Excerpted from installation text, Aug. 2011
Colleen Piccone, Curatorial Dept.

See general references in "John Taylor Arms, American Etcher," Madison, WI: Elvehjem Art Center, 1975: cat. no. 29, pp. 47-48, 66 as pl. 246, repr.; and in "John Taylor Arms, a Man for All Time," William Dolan Fletcher, New Haven: Eastern Press, 1982: cat. no. 244, p. 162

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