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Kerr Eby. 1890-1946.

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New England Winter. 1933. Etching. Giardina 176. 6 15/16 x 13 13/16 (sheet 11 3/4 x 13 3/4). Edition 90.Illustrated: Fine Prints of the Year, 1931; Reese, American Prize Prints of the Twentieth Century. The scene is probably Westport, Connecticut, where Eby lived. Signed and annotated' Ed. 90' and 'imp' (imprimit) in pencil, indicating a proof printed Eby. $975.

1931.Awarded the John Taylor Arms Prize at the Brooklyn Society of Etchers.
Best Technique, Chicago Society of Etchers.

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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 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.

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