Childe Hassam, ‘The Billboards, New York’, ca. 1916, Childs Gallery

Cortissoz 87. Edition unknown. Signed with the artist's monogram in the plate lower center: "New York / CH / 1896". Signed with the artist's monogram in pencil, lower right margin: "CH imp". A fine impression in fine condition.

The upper left billboard reads "The Hassam Book Scribner". These letters do not appear in the Cortissoz illustration, however, Cortissoz notes that several states of The Billboards were made, but does not identify them.

Done from a drawing the artist made in New York in 1896, at Broadway and 55th and 56th Streets. While the drawing was done in 1896 and the plate is dated 1896, the etching was actually done circa 1916.

About Childe Hassam

A foremost American Impressionist, Childe Hassam combined a preoccupation with the expressive qualities of light with lively brushwork and color. Hassam's paintings documented his wide travels throughout Europe and America and a predilection for picturesque and idealized scenes. His "flag paintings"—depictions of the parades along New York's Fifth Avenue during World War I—formed some of the seminal images of Americana. A founding member of The Ten, a group of painters who broke from the Society of American Artists in 1897, Hassam also painted nudes and figurative works, including a series of compositions that combined windows with still life tableaus and female figures, all silhouetted against views of the New York skyline. Later in his career, Hassam turned to producing etchings of architectural subjects.

American, 1859-1935, Dorchester, MA, United States, based in New York and East Hampton, NY, United States and Paris, France