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John Henry

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Description

This is William Gropper’s portrayal of John Henry, the African-American folk hero. John Henry is said to have worked as a “steel-driving man”—a man tasked with hammering a steel drill into rock to make holes for explosives to blast the rock in constructing a railroad tunnel. According to legend, John Henry’s prowess as a steel-driver was measured in a race against a steam-powered rock drilling machine, a race that he won only to die in victory with hammer in hand as his heart gave out from stress.

Additional information

Type

Modern Print-Makers

Condition

Very Good Condition

Date

Framing

Medium

Lithograph

Signing, Dating, and Titling

Details

Medium:
Lithograph in black ink on tan wove paper
Publisher:
Covici, Friede, New York
Date:
1977
Signature:
Signed in the stone en recto lower right.  Titled in the stone en recto lower left.
Edition:
One of the unnumbered edition of 150.
Framing:
Floated in a solid Walnut frame behind 99% UV-filtering Plexiglass with rag spacers.  All conservation materials.
Condition:
Excellent condition.  Modest age toning and edgewear without impact to the image.
Framed Size:
20.75 in. (h) x 15 in. (w) x 1.25 in. (d)
Image Size:
14.5 in. (h) x 9 in. (w)
Literature:
Catalogue:  Emiliano Sorini, William Gropper: Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings p. 149.

Price & Purchase

Price:
$600