|Description: We offer a signed etching by George Elbert Burr. "Evening, Arizona” has a plate size of 5” x 6 ⅞” on thin laid paper (7” x 8 ⅞” ). There is a monogram in the plate at the lower left corner and it is signed along the lower margin in pencil: “George Elbert Burr, Trial Proof.” Burr’s innate talent and highly sensitive mark making gives this piece a tangible atmosphere. The agave and cacti are rendered with thick inky spikes, while the tone of the clouds and evening haze are formed by faint whispery drypoint marks. A fine impression. Item #PR00260.
George Elbert Burr (1859-1939) was a largely self-taught American printmaker, painter and illustrator. His early etchings were made on scrap metal at his father’s hardware store in the late 1870’s. Burr enjoyed early success as an illustrator for several New York City magazines including Harper's, Scribner's Magazine, Frank Leslie's Weekly, and The Cosmopolitan.
His prints are in a number of prominent collections including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, the French National Print Collection, Luxembourg Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Public Library and the Congressional Library in Washington, D.C.
Condition: There are four remnants of framing tape on the edges of the verso with some bleed through to the blank margins on recto.There is also light toning to the blank margins on recto. All the above faults would be easily covered by a new mat. Overall the print is in good, presentable condition.