(Dock Workers under the Brooklyn Bridge). c. 1916-18. Aquatint and etching. McCarron 15. 17 3/4 x 23 3/4 (sheet 26 1/8 x 39 1/2). 5 recorded impressions (including 4 trial proofs), plus a proposed edition of 100 issued by Kennedy Galleries in 1973 (fewer proofs were printed). A fine impression printed on the full sheet of cream wove paper with deckle edges. Signed 'Martin Lewis (L. D. L.) 1973). Louise Deming Louis was the artist's wife.
The iconic Brooklyn Bridge is on the right.
Paul McCarron writes: "This print has been dated circa 1916-18 based upon evidence from preparatory drawings as wel las sstylistic similarities to other prints from those years. There are two estate drawings (LDL-287 and -288) which, when placed together, illustrate a continuous sweep of the Manhattan skyline as viewed from the Brooklyn side of the East River; they were apparently done as studies for the background of this print. The drawings bear pencil inscriptions by Lewis: "East River Skyline/ (about 1918)" and "[N.Y.C. skyline E. River (about 1918)." In addition to the skyline drawings, there are five undated studies of single male figures (LDL-223-27), all on thin paper) that correspond to the main figures in this print." (page 67).
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