The Bill Boards, New York. c. 1919. Etching. Cortissoz, Clayton 87. 4 5/8 x 6 (sheet 6 3/8 x 9 5/8). A fine impression with carefully-wiped plate tone printed on white wove paper with deckle edges. Drying tack holes in the margins. Provenance: William Macbeth Gallery, New York. Signed and dated 1896 in the plate; signed with the cypher in pencil. Housed in an elegant 15 1/2 x 16 1/4-inch beaded gold leaf frame. $6,000.
The scene shows a rainy evening in New York City on Broadway between 55th and 56th Streets. There are several cabs, an ice wagon, , pedestrians. A row of billboards lines the street. The first advertizes, "The Hassam Book, Scribner." In the distance, a flag flies atop a tall building. The etching was based upon a drawing that Hassam made in 1896.
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