Left Behind. c. 1942. Drypoint. 8 1/2 x 6 (sheet 14 1/2 x 10 1/4). A rich, tonal impression printed on cream wove paper. Signed in ink and titled in pencil. $500.
Wayne Lambert Davis was an artist and mining engineer from Pelham Manor, New York. He is known for his aviation subjects and landscapes, in watercolor, oils and etching. The son of a prominent executive, Davis graduated from Columbia University in 1926 with a degree in mining engineering. He spent a couple of years in merchandising and advertising for the silk industry and then at Macy's. "Then I got a crack at aviation with Curtis," he told an interviewer in 1941. While working for Curtis, an aircraft manufacturer, he studied at both the Guggenheim School of Aeronautics at New York University and the Art Students League, and brought together his interests in art and aeronautical design by becoming an accomplished aviation artist. Newspaper articles published between 1935 and 1941 describe him as a successful artist who was known for his depictions of aircraft and who had several exhibitions with Schwartz Galleries in New York. The 1941 interview found him about to leave on a gold mining expedition in the West, preparing designs for "an aeronautical mural in one of the big airplane terminals in the New York area" and planning to exhibit aviation etchings "in prominent New York City art galleries." Wayne Davis retired to Connecticut.
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