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French Lace 2

French Lace 2

John Taylor Arms - American - 1887-1953
Etching
$800 unframed - Edition: 250

During the 1920’’s, 30’’s and 40’’s, the etchings and aquatints of John Taylor Arms provided the standard for other American architectural artists to follow. No artist, however, could match Arms’’s superb technical skills and, to this day,
his incredibly precise and detailed etchings raise feelings of astonishment.

Given the quality of his work it is not surprising that John Taylor Arms trained first as an architectural draftsman before devoting himself to the art of etching. During the First World War he served as an officer in the American navy . He published his first original etchings in 1919, following the end of the war. During the following decades, Arms spent almost as much time in England, France and Italy as he did in his native country. Arms’s lifelong passion was for Gothic architecture and thus Europe was the setting for much of his great art.

His technical expertise was without equal. Sometimes he employed the fine points of sewing needles to score the etching ground with precision and often rendered the finest shades and tones with the aid of a magnifying glass. Such innovations secured a fine international reputation for Arms. One author writes, “Arm's images were handsome elaborations of an older tradition rendered with impressive
technical mastery. These constant features sustained his reputation on both sides of the Atlantic which was buttressed by the knowledgeable praise of Campbell Dodgson, historian of the art and Keeper of Prints at the British Museum.

John Taylor Arms was a full member of the Chicago Society of Etchers, the Print Society of England, the Canadian Painter Etchers, the Associe de la Societe des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and served as the first President of the Society of American
Etchers.

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