This House. [Egypt Lane, Easthampton, Long Island, New York.] 1917. Etching. Cortissoz/Clayton 125.i/ii. 7 1/2 x 10 7/8 (sheet 9 1/2 x 12 9/16). Edition of 14 proofs in this state; no edition noted for state ii. A rich impression with tonal wiping, before removal of the sky. An extremely rich impression with tonal wiping, printed on cream laid paper on the full sheet with deckle edges on three sides, and with the artist's drying tack holes in the margins. Provenance: Descended in the estate of Maud Doane Hassam (850 Park Ave NYC), thence, by descent to a direct descendant of Mrs. Maud Doane Hassam. Titled 'This House' in pencil; signed with the cypher and annotated 'imp' and in pencil, indicating an impression printed by the artist. $3,500.
In 1898, Childe and Maude Hassam began visiting East Hampton to see friend, Gaines Ruger Dohono, who was a landscape painter. He lived in an eighteenth-century shingled house, 'Willow Bend' on Egypt Lane. When Dohono died, Hassam purchased the house from his widow. The Hassams spent the months there from May to October until his death in 1935.
Clayton writes, p. 51: "The gable and end of a little old house on Egypt Lane, Easthampton. There are two windows and a door. ON the door of the house is fastened a Government proclamation stating that 'A man from this house is fighting in France.' Seated on the grass in the foreground is a young lady."
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