John Taylor Arms, one of the most important American printmakers of the first half of the Twentieth Century, believed that art could further the spiritual and moral improvement of mankind. He viewed printmaking—with its ability to create multiple fine copies of the same image—as a vehicle for disseminating images of subjects that would uplift and inspire contemporary society.
This print, “Spanish Jewelry [Bijou D’Espagne]”, showing a Spanish church, was the sixth picture in Arms’ Churches of Spain series. This etching was first issued by Arms and his wife as a Christmas card and released publicly in its second state. (Another 40 impressions were made in 1937/38.)
Etching on antique-white mould-made laid paper
Signed and dated in the plate en recto lower right
Frederick Reynolds, London
From the edition of 120.
Custom framed and matted in a veneered wood frame and glazed with 99% UV-filtering art glass using strictly conservation-grade materials.
Excellent condition. The image is crisp and clear and well inked. Paper is undamaged with very little age toning.
13.25 in. (h) x 11 in. (w) x .675 in. (d)
5 in. (h) x 3.675 in. (w)
Catalogues raisonné: Fletcher, John Taylor Arms: A Man for All Time (Eastern Press, 1982), No. 219; New York Public Library catalogue: No. 47; Arms 221; Wunderlich 74.