Dr. Frank Weitenkampf. c. 1913. Drypoint. 11 1/4 x 8 1/2 (sheet 14 1/4 x 10). A rich impression with drypoint burr, printed on Japanese mulberry paper. Signed and titled in pencil. $450.
Dr. Frank Weitenkampf (1866-1962) worked for the New York Public Library for 61 years. He started as a page at the Astor Library in 1881, became head of the NYPL Art Department, and served as Curator of Prints from 1921 until his retirement in 1942. Weitenkampf wrote several books and numerous articles on prints, was a print collector, and corresponded with artists and other collectors. Early in his career he used the pseudonym Frank Linston White. Dt. Weitenkampf wrote an article, "The Etched Work of Cadwallader Washburne" for The International Studio volume 48, November, 1912-February, 1913.
A man of diverse writing and fine art skills, he was born in Minneapolis and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Washington from Gallaudet College, an institution for deaf mutes. He also got a degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then studied at the Art Students League in New York City with Henry Mowbray and William Merritt Chase in Shinnecock, New York. In Spain, he studied with Joaquin Sorolla and in Paris with Albert Besnard.
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