Rare Gladys Wilkins Murphy Art Signed Ltd Ed Color Woodcut Print Drifting 17/25 c 1920s 8x6 In
> Artist: Gladys Wilkins Murphy
> Artwork Title: Drifting
> Year: c. 1920s
> Medium: Color Woodcut Print
> Size: Composition: 8 x 6 inches, on a sheet of fine Japanese paper measuring 12 x 8-1/2 inches
> Signed, titled and numbered in pencil by the artist in the lower margin: Drifting 17/25 Gladys Wilkins Murphy
> Work features a man in a canoe in dark brown / oxblood color silhouette, drifting in a canoe on cool blue, shadowed waters. The canoe is in shadow beneath overarching trees, in the same dark brown / oxblood, with dark green leaves. A transition to light green and gold in the background suggests a lighter sunlit shoreline beyond.
> Another impression, 7/25, is in The Nancy Gray Sherrill, Class of 1954 Collection, Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College, MA
> ABOUT THE ARTIST: Gladys Wilkins Murphy is a listed Rhode Island and Massachusetts artist. Born in Providence, RI, on April 15, 1907, Wilkins was associated with the Providence, Rhode Island printmakers. "Drifting" is a fine example of her early color woodcut work. As a student and faculty member at the Rhode Island School of Design, Murphy flourished under the tutelage of well-known printmaking pioneer, Eliza Gardiner. During her student years black and white prints were popular among early twentieth century collectors, and color woodcuts were just starting to garner attention. In 1932, the Print Makers Society of California selected the woodcut “Shadow” for the Fifty Color Prints of the Year. Murphy concentrated on printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1930s and 40s. After 1946, she retired to Rockport, Massachusetts with her husband Herbert A. Murphy to open her own studio-gallery on King Street. She exhibited widely and is represented in many museum collections. Gladys Murphy died on September 1, 1985 in Rockport, Mass.
CONDITION: This vintage print is on fine Japanese paper, and is in fragile condition, but still has its vivid colors and clearly legible artist's signature and title and number at the lower margin. Print comes matted as found. In very good condition in the composition area, with a minor separation encroaching 1/8 inch into the composition on the right hand side, which is the end point of a tear on that side of the margin. There is a small hole, about the size that a thumbtack would leave, in the margin area just above the artist's signed first name. The sheet margin area has old tape on it that affixed the work to the mat board. There are some creases and tears in the margin area. Mat board is still attached by a few pieces of the original tape, and is heavily worn and separating, with age-related discoloration and minor old moisture stains.
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