Description: We offer a group of items by John De Pol, including three pencil signed wood engravings of chiaroscuro urban landscapes and letters to fellow artist Fridolf Johnson.
- Three autograph letters signed by De Pol written on rejected proofs to Fridolf Johnson, sizes from 10”x 10” to 8 ½” x 11”:
- One dated November 22 1982. De Pol congratulates Johnson on his Kent book and corresponding exhibition at the New York Public Library; mentions his forthcoming book with Red Ozier Press, an illustrated William Faulkner story. Sheet illustrated with a wood engraving of a hot air balloon, “one of twenty for the 30th Annual Franklin Keepsake.”
- Two dated 27 February, 1983. De Pol mentions Richard Horton, teaching at Fairleigh Dickenson University, John Anderson, Leonard Seastone, Bernard Brussel Smith, Red Ozier Press with the “young, smart and dedicated” Steve Miller and Ken Botnick. Sheet illustrated with three engravings, two were illustrations for “Ballylee, Poems Etc. of W. B. Yeats published by Appletree Alley.”
- A 1957 Christmas card presented to the friends of Comet Press, featuring a wood engraving of the Mark Twain House, image size is 5 7/8” x 3”, unsigned.
- ‘Beginnings of the Petroleum Industry in Pennsylvania: a series of wood engravings by John De Pol,’ a Keepsake from the Hamilton Division Security-Columbian Banknote Company, New York. 8 wood engravings, various sizes, in its original folder 11 ¼” x 8 ¾”, signed in the prints.
- Two prints of the wood engraving “Hudson River Pier,” image size is 4” x 9”, both are signed “DEPOL” in the print at the bottom right, one is pencil signed under the image and inscribed “No. 10. 1968, Fridolf”, the other print is a keepsake from the United States Banknote Corporation, New York, November 1974, with title and signature printed under the image, enclosed in its original folder with an essay by Don Wesely on recto.
- Two prints of the wood engraving “West Side - Manhattan”, image size 4” x 9”, both are signed “DEPOL” in the print at the bottom right, one is pencil signed under the image and inscribed “No. 4, For Fridolf Johnson”, the other print is a keepsake from the United States Banknote Corporation, New York 1975, with title and signature printed under the image, enclosed in its original folder with an essay by Don Wesely on recto.
- One pencil signed print of “West Side Market – Demolition”, image is 5 ½” x 10 1/8”, signed under the image, inscribed “For Fridolf Johnson No. 24 1967, Looking West of Murray Street, N. Y. C.”, included with three test prints for the final image, and a leaflet from American Artist, with an essay by William Caxtoon, Jr.
Fridolf Johnson was an illustrator for American Artists Magazine, editor of “Rockwell Kent: an Anthology of his Work”, a calligrapher, a private printer specializing in art printing, and a collector of book plates.
John Depol was an American artist and illustrator, born in Greenwich Village in 1913. He was a prolific illustrator and enthusiastic supporter of book arts. He was perhaps best known for his illustrations of the Benjamin Franklin keepsakes over a period of over 25 years. Depol taught wood engraving at the South Street Seaport Museum and Fairleigh Dickinson University. He died in 2004. Item #PR00179.
Condition: Some of the paper shows some faint toning and light wrinkles, as a group generally very good condition.