Day's End, Driftway. 1939. Etching and aquatint. Giardina 196. 8 3/8 x 15 3/8 (sheet 11 3/8 x 18 1/2). Edition of approximately 100. A rich impression with plate tone printed on cream wove paper. Signed and annotated 'imp' in pencil indicating an impression printed by the artist. $1,250.
Eby is known for his stark and lovely landscapes of Connecticut in the winter. He first got to know Connecticut when he spent several summers at the artist’s colony at Cos Cob immediately before the First World War. There he became friends with the American Impressionist artist Childe Hassam, who was almost thirty years older than Eby. Eby and Hassam had a close working relationship, with the younger artist providing the older artist with technical advice on etching and the use of his etching press.
Following the War, Eby married Frances Sheldon, whom he had met in Cos Cob, and the couple eventually settled in a pre-Revolutionary War saltbox house in Westport, Connecticut. Eby immediately began producing etchings depicting the New England countryside, especially snow scenes. They include classic New England subjects, such as the covered bridge that is the central feature of A Connecticut Valley and Cider Mill. Day’s End, Driftway is an evocative view of the artist’s home at twilight on a winter’s evening.
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