Tide Mill Marshes. 1927. Etching. Giardina 111. 7 x 12 1/2 (sheet 11 3/8 x 16 5/8). Edition 90. A rich tonal impression printed on cream laid paper. A rich impression printed on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed and annotated 'Ed90' and 'imp' (imprimit)in pencil, indicating a proof printed by Eby. $1,750 the pair.
Accompanied by the preliminary drawing:
Tide Mill Marshes. c. 1927. Preliminary pencil drawing for the etching, Giardina 111. 9 9/16 x 14 1/2. A fine drawing on watercolor board. Signed in pencil, lower right and lower left. Annotated in pencil "Connecticut Shore" on the verso. $1,750 the pair.
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 artistís 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 to produce etchings that depicted the Connecticut countryside. Hw became known for his sensitive rendering of snow scenes.
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